New AI Technology for Early Detection of Prostate Cancer; AI-Powered Diagnostic Tool Spots Asymptomatic Prostate Cancer in Seconds

Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of death by cancer in Australian men. Early detection is key to successful treatment, but men often dodge the doctor, avoiding diagnosis tests until it's too late. Now an artificial intelligence (AI) program developed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University could catch the disease earlier, allowing for incidental detection through routine computed tomography (CT) scans. The tech, developed in collaboration with clinicians at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, works by analyzing CT scans for tell-tale signs of prostate cancer, something even a well-trained human eye struggles to do. CT imaging is not suitable for regular cancer screening because of the high radiation doses involved, but the AI solution could be used to run a cancer check whenever men have their abdomen or pelvis scanned for other issues.

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