The A-Z of AI

X-ray

AI is helping doctors to analyze X-rays and diagnose patients faster.

Many radiologists are now using AI-powered tools to study X-rays, spot abnormalities and diagnose people’s illnesses faster and (potentially) more accurately.

In fact, any medical practitioner who diagnoses patients by reviewing imagery — such as those who look for cancer cells in biopsies or signs of Alzheimer's in brain scans — can now carry out their work more efficiently using AI.

A brain featuring an anomaly that has been highlighted by a computer-generated box for inspection by a doctor.

AI-based imaging systems are trained with thousands of existing scans so that they learn to identify anomalies that might indicate the onset of disease. These systems are then able to flag a particular area of an X-ray for closer scrutiny by a doctor. The AI and the doctor are thus complementary.

AI can greatly accelerate the analysis of datasets and generate diagnoses more rapidly.

The ability for AI to run a detailed research process in seconds enables doctors to make comprehensive reviews faster. Forward-thinking doctors are leading the way in exploring how this combination of human and machine intelligence can be leveraged to enhance medical care.

The life-saving potential of tools such as these will only increase as more reference images are gathered from an even more diverse range of cases covering illnesses relating to more populations.