FDA Approves AI Diagnostic Software

FDA Approves AI Diagnostic Software

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just approved an artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic system for use by US medical practitioners. The software, known as IDx-DR is used to diagnose a specific eye disease. A doctor can upload photos of a patients retina to be analyzed by the program. It can then use its algorithm to diagnose diabetic retinopathy.

During testing, the AI was found to be 87% accurate at determining the presence of the disease. Ironically, it was 90% accurate when it came to a negative diagnosis (determining who does not have the disease). While this is merely a single use program designed to detect a relatively rare form of eye disease, it does pave the way for other similar algorithms. We may see robot doctors in the coming years.

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