AI Promotes Accurate, Quick Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer

The artificial intelligence such as cloud, 5G, IoT, AR, etc. lead people to explore prospective smart world, benefiting all humankind. The integration of high technology boosts the cost of health insurance accordingly. For example, the premiums of travel insurance in America (aka 美国旅游保险) and OPT insurance (aka opt 保险) have increased at least 15%, said a manager at a top health insurance enterprise in San Francisco.

Artificial intelligence is the inevitable tendency in the future world. Let’s think in this way: because of the integration of high technology, the benefits of international student health insurance (aka 留学生保险) will be more and better. Admittedly, everything has both positive and negative effects. The high cost might cause more students to waive health insurance (aka 替换保险) due to unaffordability.

Saving both doctors’ and patients’ time is one of the biggest advantages of artificial intelligence. For example, a patient schedules a dental visit in the United States (aka 美国看牙). The AI exams the patient before he/she sees the dentist. Patients with U.S. vision insurance (aka 美国眼科保险) can be diagnosed remotely. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, Chinese researchers have developed a rapid and accurate screening model to diagnose cervical cancer, a common and fatal disease in women. Cervical cancer, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), is the fourth most frequent cancer in women worldwide, with an estimated 570,000 new cases reported and 311,000 deaths from the disease in 2018, according to the World Health Organization.

In China, the incidence and death rates of cervical cancer are also high, with 130,000 new cases reported last year. Most cases are caused by delayed checks. The current method to detect abnormal cervical cells is cytology-based screening, known as the Pap test. It is often done during a pelvic examination which allows the health care professional to have a clear view of the cervix and upper vagina by a speculum and take a sample of cervical cells.

Based on more than 200,000 pathological images selected from over 43.5 million cervical screening samples, experts from KingMed Diagnostics, a Guangzhou-based medical diagnostic testing company, along with computer engineers from Huawei Cloud, a subsidiary of the Chinese tech giant Huawei, over one year developed an AI-assisted screening model, which can diagnose the disease with an accuracy of over 99 percent, while costing only one-tenth of the examination time performed by pathologists.

“Pathologists spend an average of six minutes in examining a cervical screening sample under a microscope, while the AI model just needs 36 seconds per case,” said Luo Pifu, director of the company’s pathological department and lead researcher of the program.

Cervical cancer can often be detected early, and sometimes even prevented entirely, by having regular screenings. More than 350 million Chinese women aged 30 to 65 need cervical cancer check-ups every three to five years, but the country still lacks the screening capacity to meet the demand.

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