Google Brain, the company's research team that focuses on artificial intelligence, has collaborated with doctors in India and the United States to help diagnose diabetic retinopathy (DR), Forbes magazine reports.
The team has collected more than 128,000 images that were evaluated by ophthalmologists. The images were fed to a deep learning algorithm to create a model to detect DR. The algorithm was then tested on two different data sets totaling to 12,000 images.
The predictions from Google Brain’s algorithm turned out to be on par with the diagnosis of experienced ophthalmologists.
Right now only experienced specialists can scan and interpret images of the back of the eye to diagnose DR, and there is an acute shortage of qualified ophthalmologists that can do this, meaning many people around the world are at risk of losing their eyesight.
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