Google presents an artificial intelligence tool capable of identifying 288 skin conditions

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This tool could identify 288 different skin conditions, including warts, cysts, and lipomas. However, it is not a question of stopping seeing your dermatologist.

Can Google Help Track Certain Skin Conditions? In any case, this is the ambition of the American giant. He unveiled a tool that uses artificial intelligence to help detect skin, nail or hair lesions based on images uploaded by patients. This application is CE marked for use as a medical tool in Europe.

In total, artificial intelligence is capable of recognizing 288 skin conditions, but should not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. It took three years to develop this software. In addition to the images, the application also asks patients various questions to refine the diagnosis (skin type, duration of appearance of the problem, etc.). "The tool is not designed to provide a diagnosis or a substitute for medical advice, as many conditions require a clinical examination, an in-person examination, or additional tests such as a biopsy. We hope that, instead, it will give you access to authoritative information to you can make a more informed decision about your next step, "Google said in a statement.

Ten billion searches

The famous search engine says that there are around 10 billion searches for skin, hair and nail problems on its search engine every year. "The application of AI, both in cancer and other areas of medicine, is informing the conversation about what the diagnosis might be and what treatment to offer a person," said Professor Tim Underwood, head of cancer science at the University of Southampton, cited by the BBC. At this time, the device has not yet been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Agency for Medicines and Health Products.

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