Google DeepMind subsidiary recently reported working with the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) to decrease the time it takes to treat a neck or head cancer using machine learning engineering.
Moreover, it announced a partnership with the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, with the promise that its machine-learning technologies would help hurry up diagnoses of eye conditions.
The research scheme involves anonymised scans from over 700 head and neck cancer patients at UCHL. The machine learning technique will make radiotherapy procedure more efficient. More than 11,000 patients in the UK are affected by neck and head cancer each year.
The company declared in a blog post that they are trying to find out if machine learning approaches could lessen the time it needs to prepare radiotherapy for such cancers.
The process called segmentation takes clinicians about four hours to distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissues by scanning the cancer patients.
Before the cancer healing can begin, doctors recognize the areas that need to be defended from the radiation and the cancerous zones. It’s a very dangerous process that decides which areas are to receive the highest radiation and which healthy structures are to be preserved, thereby lessening the potential side-effects.
With the use of the artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, the clinicians will be assisted in the segmentation method to perform it quickly.
Yen-Ching Chang, who heads radiotherapy at UCLH is excited to find this revolutionary process that could change the way in which radiation treatment is planned.
To automatically differentiate between healthy and cancerous tissue on radiotherapy scans with the use of machine learning technology will support clinicians in preparing radiation treatment. It will help doctors spend more time on research, education and patient care all of which would be to the advantage of the populations and patients.
DeepMind co-founder, Mustafa Suleyman, mentioned that he is excited to work with the radiotherapy team at UCLH and that real-world purpose of artificial intelligence engineering is the main reason they set up DeepMind. They want to see how AI can serve to diminish the time it takes to prepare radiotherapy treatment for neck and head cancer patients.