South China Morning Post
21st August 2018
AI algorithm that detects over 50 diseases from an eye scan, beating human doctors, tested by Google’s DeepMind
Technology for scanning eyes is so advanced it has outstripped the ability of doctors to interpret the images it produces – meaning more patients than necessary are being referred to eye specialists, potentially delaying treatment for those at risk of going blind.
Artificial intelligence may come to the rescue. Deepmind, the AI company owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, trained artificial intelligence software to detect signs of disease better than human doctors, according to a study published on Monday in the scientific journal Nature Medicine.
DeepMind and its partners in the research, London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, plan to develop a medical product that will help doctors detect more than 50 sight-threatening conditions from a common type of eye scan.
Clinical trials of the technology are scheduled to begin in 2019.