Stanford University researchers say that they’ve trained a deep learning algorithm to identify skin cancer as well as dermatologists.
The researchers pitted the artificial intelligence against 21 board-certified dermatologists when it came to diagnosing skin lesions. The deep convolutional neural network’s performance was on par with the experts when it came to spotting the most common cancers—keratinocyte carcinomas versus benign seborrheic keratoses. The AI also performed as well as the dermatologists when it came to identifying the deadliest skin cancer—malignant melanomas versus benign nevi.
The researchers’ work is in the January 25 edition of Nature.
The testing involved high-quality, biopsy-confirmed images, but the researchers are hopeful that they can make the AI smartphone compatible.