London, Thanasis Gavos

An AI tool tested in Britain’s public health system NHS successfully identified microscopic signs of breast cancer in 11 women whose problem had gone undiagnosed by doctors.

The tool is called Mia. It was tested as an adjunct to the work of doctors in an NHS regional unit and analyzed the mammograms of more than 10,000 women.

The tool was able to identify all the cases with a cancerous tumor plus the eleven that had escaped doctors.

In this way, it seems that Artificial Intelligence can detect cancer at a very early stage, when the tumor is almost invisible to the human eye. However, the trial was the first and very limited in scope.

In one of the eleven cases, the tumor was six millimeters in diameter. Early detection by the Mia tool contributed to the patient needing only five days of radiation therapy after her surgery.