Google DeepMind, NHS explore deep learning in head and neck cancer treatment

Google DeepMind is partnering with England’s National Health Service to determine whether machine learning can streamline radiotherapy planning for head and neck cancers, freeing up clinicians’ time for patient care and research. The collaboration will see the Alphabet ($GOOG) company analyzing anonymized scans of as many as 700 former head and neck cancer patients at the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, according to a statement. The project will evaluate the potential for machine learning in making radiotherapy planning more efficient. Prior to giving radiotherapy, doctors must create a map of the parts of the body to be treated and parts to be avoided in a process called segmentation. A radiotherapy machine uses this information to direct treatment at tumors while leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Because there are so many…


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