Artificial Intelligence and Medicine - For Everyone?

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This is a truly exciting topic for most, even without knowing anything more than the basics everyone may want artificial intelligence (AI) to be present in as many areas of human knowledge as possible. I often hear and/or read articles with titles similar to AI is the future of Medicine, and considering all the advances that currently exist, I have no doubt that much is helping in the field of diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

I will try to be bringing these topics up frequently, particularly they are of interest to me, since I am academically trained in the area of health.


I'll give you an example to start with to justify my approach:

I want to talk a little bit about the technology RadIO, it has been created in Russia, in this case it is open source (Great), that is, it can be used by any person or hospital in any country, but I must emphasize that this is not and I do not think it is the reality of most of these innovations. To understand a little bit of what I'm talking about, thanks to 'sup', it is possible that every time this technology executes the function for which it was designed, it can learn and do it with more and more speed and accuracy.

What specifically?

RadIO was designed so that it could diagnose the cancer that causes the most deaths in the world, and this is the one that affects the Lungs.

How do you do it?

It has a record of tens of thousands of CT images of healthy people and people who have suffered from cancer in its database, and when a CT scan is performed on a patient, it is included in the RadIO base and this is in charge of comparing it with the thousands it has and it gives a fairly accurate diagnosis of whether or not there is cancer in that image.

Wonderful, isn't it?

This makes me think that it would be a great tool in my professional practice as a physician since it would speed up the processes and benefit the patients more and much faster.

1 Deep learning is a type of machine learning that trains a computer to perform tasks like we humans do, such as speech recognition, image identification or making predictions. Instead of organizing data to run through predefined equations, deep learning sets up basic parameters about the data and trains the computer to learn on its own by recognizing patterns through the use of many processing layers. Source

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I am particularly amazed at this, it would make it much easier for the health professional to arrive at an accurate diagnosis, and it would result in the patient having a better prognosis because if a disease is detected faster, treatment can be initiated and (in general) the patient's living condition can be improved.

This in this case is quite feasible with RadIO because it can be used practically at no cost.

But how much technology of this kind will be created to be used equally freely?

This point is important for me considering that generally what is related to the health sector is always very expensive anywhere in the world, and I am afraid that -in good measure- although it accelerates the processes it can also increase the costs. I am not against it at all, but the economic issue is always a concern.

I leave some concerns that in the face of this increasingly tangible reality arise:

  • Will all countries in the world, including developing countries, be able to access it?
  • What real percentage of the world's population will benefit from all these advances?
  • Will medical studies be more inclined to read results or to focus on the patient?

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Hi dear @josevas217

AI advances are impressive and very important, I find it magnificent for example that these technologies such as RadIO may be able to make prostheses in 3D printers for specific treatments, such as making a new artificial lung.
I believe that being open source technology is going to be accepted more easily, and as everything will take time for acceptance to be trusted and used or seen as acceptable in hospitals.

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Yes, it is quite likely that at least RadIO is feasible to use in public hospitals.
Create lungs, there are advances with liver, they have created artificial lungs, but not with 3D printing, NOT THAT I CAN DO. But it would be a big advance.

Thank you for passing @reinaldoverdu

Hi reinaldoverdu,
I have read about your situation and I wish you all the best and a good health!

Greetings from Germany,
Achim Mertens

Hello, I had read this news about the use of AI for cancer detection by images a short time ago, I was thinking that it was a very useful use of object recognition, such as the one used for facial identification in videos of security that is being implemented (supposedly) in different airports around the world.

I like it when technology is used to support health systems, I hope it can be massified, but I am concerned that the technological base of the undeveloped countries is insufficient to make use of these technological resources. I have read of some portable devices that have been developed for these types of cases and the use of cell phones and remote devices for data capture and their transfer to data processing centers, that form of work would make it possible for this technology to be used. diagnosis even with few resources in the field.

Considering that cancer is one of the diseases with the greatest presence or manifestation, as far as I know, I think that this kind of AI applications have a large market and can benefit many people, now, I don't remember well the news I had read before , but I think that it had only been used for lung cancer, it would be necessary to develop these applications for other types of cancer (such as breast cancer which is the most common in women).

Yes, you're right professor, the advances are almost unimaginable, but there's still a way to go. I believe that in the course of time we will be able to really know the impact of all this that is happening.
Mobile phones with some applications can serve to facilitate certain processes. Hopefully, a matter of a short time for a greater impact is an area that continues to develop.
Thank you for your support.

You're welcome!

I think governments (central banks) shouldn't print money and invest it in bonds markets. What the actual policy is. They should invest in sciences, health, education, space exploration, environment and climate protection.

I don't know to what extent the states are really interested in those areas you mention, which are certainly indispensable for human development but it's likely that they won't give them the possibility of acts of corruption, maybe not so much.

Politicians are interested in votes. We should vote for those who want to support the mentioned areas. (And aren't corrupted.)

it's hard not agree with you @deathcross

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Dear @josevas217

I love posts about AI :) This is definetly one of my fav subjects.

Most of the time posts about AI are quite gloomy and depressing, so it's a nice change to read something positive and refreshing :) Hopefully by the time we're old - AI will have real impact on Medicine and our health.

Solid read. upvote on the way :) Enjoy upcoming weekend,
Yours, Piotr

Thanks friend, I didn't answer you. The truth is that everything has its nuances, its good and bad things, you probably prefer to talk about the bad because it sells more, but you have to see both sides of the coin.