Google DeepMind is going to try and help the NHS treat head and neck cancer

Google DeepMind cofounder Mustafa Suleyman leads the company’s healthcare efforts. Google DeepMind DeepMind, a Google-owned AI research lab in London, has announced its plans to explore whether its technology can be used to help the NHS treat head and neck cancers. Through a new partnership with University College London Hospital — the company’s third with an NHS organisation — Google DeepMind will aim to establish whether machine learning techniques could reduce the amount of time it takes to plan radiotherapy treatment for such cancers Treating cancers that are found in the head and neck with readiotherapy requires a great deal of precision. Clinicians must “segment” the tumour from healthy tissue and feed this information into a radiotherapy machine which then kills off the harmful cells. Producing these detailed outlines can…


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