Google continues to work on artificial intelligence systems. The company is also taking the process to the health side. At the healthcare event called “The Check Up”, Google shared important information about new AI technologies related to ultrasound result evaluations, medical language models, and cancer treatments.
Google is also working on AI for cancer therapy
Google believes that AI is very important in the use of ultrasound devices in regions where there are not enough trained specialists. The company states that the results can be analyzed directly by artificial intelligence. In this way, it believes that AI will make a big difference in issues such as early diagnosis of breast cancer. To make this a reality the company has partnered with Jacaranda Health, a non-profit organization in Kenya.
“Through this partnership, we’ll conduct exploratory research to understand the current approach to ultrasound delivery in Kenya and explore how new AI tools can support point-of-care ultrasound for pregnant women,” said Google’s Health AI head Greg Corrado and Engineering VP Yossi Matias in a blog post today.
The company is also working with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan to explore how it can detect breast cancer through ultrasound results powered by AI algorithms as an alternative to mammograms, which have limited access in underdeveloped areas.
Google also explains that the big language model developed with a focus on medicine has improved significantly. Med-PaLM 2, the company’s next-generation healthcare LLM, recently scored 85 percent on doctor-level medical exam questions — an 18 percent improvement from the previous version’s score. “This model not only answered multiple choice and open-ended questions accurately but also provided rationale and evaluated its own responses,” said Corrado and Matias.
This system will not replace doctors, of course, but in the future, it could help people in underdeveloped regions with many basic issues. Google has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to investigate the role of artificial intelligence in planning radiotherapy for cancer treatment. Google is doing very important work behind closed doors.