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NHS is planning to use artificial intelligence to diagnose scans for heart disease & lung cancer this year. Researchers at an Oxford hospital have developed a system that could help save billions of pounds by allowing doctors to pick up diseases much earlier. This technology will become available to NHS hospitals for free this summer.
Geneticist Sir John Bell, told BBC News that AI could "save the NHS"
"There is about £2.2bn spent on pathology services in the NHS. You may be able to reduce that by 50 per cent. AI may be the thing that saves the NHS," he said.
Cardiologists currently diagnose problems by monitoring the timing of the heartbeat in scans but are not always accurate, with one in five patients either suffering a heart attack or undergoing an unnecessary operation.
The AI system developed at the John Radcliffe Hospital is said to diagnose heart scans much more accurately by picking up details that doctors cannot see.
The technology has been tested in clinical trials in six cardiology units, with the results due to be published this year.
But Prof Paul Leeson, a cardiologist who developed the system, said data indicates that it had greatly outperformed his fellow heart specialists.
Called Ultromics, it was trained to identify potential problems in the scans of 1,000 patients treated over the past seven years, along with information about whether they went on to have heart problems.
"As cardiologists, we accept that we don't always get it right at the moment," Prof Leeson said.
"But now there is a possibility that way may be able to do better."
If confirmed, it will be available for free to NHS hospitals across the country,
Prof Sir Malcolm Grant, the chairman of NHS England, said in 2015 that artificial intelligence would bring NHS patients a greater quality of care by better diagnosing medical conditions and personalising treatment.
He feels that health service could benefit hugely from machine learning & robots, suggesting that if this technology is able to outperform humans, it would be stupid to not use it.
He admitted that the subject was full of "ethical issues" but highlighted the fact that medical profession needed to be more focused in the way they used treatments.
Out of the 60,000 heat scans carried out each year, 12,000 are reportedly misdiagnosed costing around 600 million pounds.