NHS hopes AI can help make up for ongoing radiologist shortage

Various companies are working with the National Health Service (NHS) in England to see if their artificial intelligence (AI) technology can identify signs of breast cancer as well as radiologists, according to a report from the Financial Times. 

Kheiron Medical Technologies, for example, has launched a trial for its algorithms. And DeepMind Health, Google’s AI arm, also began a trial with the NHS with a similar solution. 

“There are several companies that are developing algorithms to read mammograms—it’s something that we will see happen in the next five years,” said Nisha Sharma, director of breast screening services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. 

Considering the area's issues with radiologist shortages, advances in AI in the near future would be especially helpful, according to the report. Further coverage of radiologist shortages in the UK can be read here, here and here

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