Apr 2, 2022 - Health

4. Meet the new AI cancer detectives

Illustration of a motherboard with a heart monitor surrounded by shapes.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Algorithms are increasingly being put to work alongside radiologists and pathologists to help detect and diagnose cancers.

Why it matters: AI developers say these tools can help relieve a stressed health care system and improve critical medical decision-making, but experts caution about the risk of overdiagnosis that could drive up health spending and bring the possibility of unnecessary, risky biopsies.

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