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It’s possible to detect skin cancer using your mobile. For women, however, breast cancer remains the most common type.

A research team at Duke University has developed an AI to support mammography teams. The system assesses scans to determine whether a biopsy is required.

In order to make the AI trustworthy, it was not only taught to read medical images, i.e. looking for indistinct margins of tissue as signs of a tumour or ignoring healthy areas.

It was also trained to explain its conclusions. This helps identify misdiagnoses. These could stem from, for example, small discrepancies caused by scanning the same area with different devices.

Further training is planned.

This, meanwhile, can help at home.

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