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Research evaluating AI for diagnosing disease is weak, finds review

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 24 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5714
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Artificial intelligence (AI)—also known as deep learning—might be able to detect diseases from medical imaging with similar levels of accuracy as doctors, according to a review of current evidence.1

The researchers advised caution, however, as there were few high quality studies, and little evidence directly comparing the performance of humans and machines, or looking at AI’s performance in real clinical environments.

The team said this means that the true diagnostic power of the AI “remains uncertain.”

The study, which involved a systematic review and meta-analysis, …

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