Artificial Intelligence is slowly branching out into our everyday world. One of the domains where now artificial intelligence is spreading its roots is Health Care. WATSON is one such artificial intelligence technology all set to revolutionize medicine.
One of the major challenges in the health care industry is analyzing and interpreting data from CAT scans, X-rays, and other medical images. More than 90% of the data in healthcare comes from images. But these are mostly analyzed using the human eye. This is time consuming and prone to human errors. Hence WATSON comes to the rescue!
Watson has the ability in medical imaging to understand whether it is looking at an X-ray, or a CAT scan versus an MRI. It has the ability to know it’s looking at a brain scan versus a heart scan.Being able to analyze those images using artificial intelligence, including making measurements of things like the thickness of the heart’s wall or a tell-tale break in a bone, and then to cross-reference those images with the text in medical records could reduce medical errors and help make sure patients get the right diagnosis, saving lives.
The major setback for the implementation of this project was lack of access to clients, and the images. But this has been resolved when IBM bought Merge Healthcare, a $227 million (sales) company that helps doctors and hospitals store and analyze CAT scans, X-rays, and other medical images.
However the accuracy of diagnosis by Watson still remains an enigma. Will Watson be able to replace conventional radiologists?
— By Ushanandini Mohanraj