AI outperforms specialists in diagnosing heart scans

Jan 03, 2018, 6:46 AM EST
(Source: Kim Siever/flickr)
(Source: Kim Siever/flickr)

Researchers at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have developed an AI system that can diagnose heart scans more accurately than humans and could save billions of pounds if adopted by NHS hospitals.

Twenty percent of the 60,000 heart scans in the U.K. are misdiagnosed each year, which costs the NHS a whopping £600m in unnecessary operations and in treating patients wrongly cleared of any heart problem, notes the BBC.

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, the chairman of NHS England, acknowledged the “ethics” concern over the use of machine learning in healthcare, adding that a useful technology shouldn’t be abandoned if it gets rid of human flaws, writes Telegraph.