Google is creating a microscope with AI and AR to help detect cancer

Google has won a contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to use recent technological advancements to improve the accuracy of a cancer diagnosis. About five percent of diagnoses are made incorrectly, and in half of those cases, the incorrect diagnosis causes problems further down the road.

Google plans to train an AI using the open-source platform TensorFlow to detect cancerous cells in photos taken from a microscope. They’ve already started developing the neural networks by using the Google Cloud Healthcare API to de-identify and segment existing datasets. Once the AI is fully trained, they’ll design their own microscope with an integrated AR (augmented reality) overlay that shows physicians' information about the likelihood of cells being cancerous.

To effectively treat cancer, speed and accuracy are critical,” said Mike Daniels, vice president of Google Cloud’s department for the Global Public Sector. “We are partnering with the DIU to provide our machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to help frontline healthcare practitioners learn about capabilities that can improve the lives of our military men and women and their families.

Google hopes that their method will reduce the “overwhelming volume of data” physicians face and will make the diagnoses faster and cheaper, as well as being more accurate. But widespread use of AI in medical practices is still a while away. The first shipment of microscopes will be to select the Defense Health Agency treatment facilities for research only. Afterward, the technology will roll out to the broader US Military Health System and Veteran’s Affairs hospitals for real-world trialing.


The importance of hardware for the healthcare industry

When IT started getting its success, the future of healthcare was also predicted. It was a good beginning for healthcare providers to bring new opportunities in the patients' treatment. Therefore, this article will outline the importance of hardware in the healthcare industry.

First of all, you have new and modern hardware at hospitals and medical centers, which help to provide patients with better treatments because the diagnosis can be easier found. Also, the patients are protected from any mistakes in their diagnosis. The hardware gives more accuracy to the diagnostical results. It can be used for different departments of hospitals and medical centers, which makes the expertise of medical practitioners broader. The treatment can be given in different fields such as pediatric,  surgery, gynecology, dermatology, diegetic, etc.

Besides, the information with medical data can be stored in computers for a long time, which is a benefit. It can be accessed whenever it is needed. The patients can also see their medical records like test results or instructions for treatment. Both medical professionals and patients can have a reciprocal communication with each other when it is necessary.

In conclusion, all of the mentioned advantages make to believe that the hardware is quite important for the healthcare industry. And we expect many more inventions and developments in the future.