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AI better than radiologists at diagnosing lung cancer

An artificial intelligence (AI) is better than specialist doctors at diagnosing lung cancer, according to a study from researchers at Google and Northwestern University in Illinois.

While not yet ready for clinical use, it is hoped that the technology will boost the effectiveness of cancer screening in the future.

The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, outlines a deep learning algorithm that is able to predict a patient’s risk of lung cancer.

NHS England threatened legal action against Oxford University hospitals trust

NHS England threatened to sue Oxford University hospitals (OUH) NHS trust after they objected to the former’s controversial decision to allow a private company to take control of cancer scanning.

DAC Beachcroft, NHS England’s lawyers, issued a warning against OUH in saying the trust’s concerns amounted to defamation.

As reported by The Guardian the relationship between NHS England and OUH became strained after NHS England chose to hand the contract for PET-CT scanning services to private company InHealth.

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