Google AI tool can help patients identify skin conditions

Google AI tool can help patients identify skin conditions
Source: GOOGLE
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Daily US Times: Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence (AI) tool help spot skin, hair and nail conditions, based on images uploaded by patients.

A trial of the “dermatology assist tool”, unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference, Google IO, should launch later this year, it said.

The app has been awarded a CE mark for use as a medical tool in Europe.

A cancer expert said advances on AI tools could enable doctors to provide more tailored treatment to patients.

The tech giant said that the AI can recognise 288 skin conditions but is not designed to be a replacement for medical diagnosis and treatment.

It has taken three years to develop the tool, and has been trained on a dataset of 65,000 images of diagnosed conditions, as well as millions of photos showing marks people were concerned about, and thousands of pictures of healthy skin, in all tones and shades.

As well as using images, the Google’s app also requires patients to answer a series of questions online.

It is based on previous tools developed by the tech giant for learning to spot the symptoms of certain cancers and tuberculosis.

As yet, none of these tools is approved as an alternative to human diagnosis.

Google says there are some 10 billion searches for skin, nail and hair issues on its search engine every year.

Dermatology Assist has not yet been given clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States, but a similar machine-learning model built by British firm Optellum was recently approved by the FDA for use as an assistant in the diagnosis of lung cancer.

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