China’s first artificial intelligence medical center goes online in east China province

China Central Television (CCTV) – China’s first artificial intelligence (AI) treatment center entered operation in Hefei City of east China’s Anhui Province Sunday, which can help doctors to diagnose a disease within a matter of seconds.

The China’s first artificial intelligence medical center goes online in east China province is capable of analyzing medical images including computed tomography (CT) images of lungs and X-ray images of the breast gland.

Taking the CT images of lungs as an example, doctors randomly chose a CT scan of lungs and, after careful observations, found only three benign lung nodules, whereas the new system was able to detect five.

“Maybe I didn’t pay attention to that nodule when I was observing. Besides, the second nidus is very light, from here it’s only 2.3 millimeters. It’s easy to mix it up with blood vessel sometimes,” said Deng Kexue, director of the CT imaging department at Anhui Provincial Hospital.

In addition to making a correct diagnosis, the analyzing speed of the AI system also greatly surpasses that of doctors. Deng spent nearly 20 minutes reviewing over 300 images whereas the AI system completed its analysis in just a few seconds.

“It can assist doctors to review images, but the results the machine provided still need confirmation from the radiologist. In the process of assistance, it can save doctors a lot of time, enabling doctors to concentrate on providing care for the patients,” said Tao Xiaodong, chief specialist of the AI auxiliary treatment center.

Furthermore, the hospitals with the AI service can upload the medical images to specialists, who will examine and verify the AI diagnosed results before returning it back.

“After I make a diagnosis, if I am uncertain [about the results], I can ask my friend to diagnose again, which can reduce the rate of any missed diagnosis. And I can also pass on my experience to him, making him learn more [about diagnosing] so we both enjoy mutual benefits,” added Deng.