Google introduces an AI tool that diagnoses skin conditions
Google introduces an AI tool that diagnoses skin conditions

At the Google I / O The company has introduced a web-based function for smartphones that can be used to diagnose skin diseases. The feature uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to detect dermatological conditions. The company also announced plans for doctors to use its AI to diagnose breast cancer and tuberculosis.

Before, Google has released a preview of the AI-powered dermatology assistant tool. Now the official version is ready. The tool is native to Google Search and uses your phone’s camera to take three different pictures from different angles of the body part you are dealing with. The tool works not only on skin, but also on dermatological diseases of nails and hair.

After taking the pictures of that area of ​​the body, the tool itself will ask you a few questions. These questions relate to your skin type, how long you’ve had the problem, and whether you’ve had any other symptoms. This will help the AI ​​tool in your diagnosis. The tool displays information about each matching condition and photographic examples, as well as official information from a dermatologist. The database contains 280 dermatological diseases. It also uses many of the same techniques that are used to detect diabetic eye disease and lung cancer in CT scans.

Google says the diagnosis from the tool is just a suggestion and it is about giving you more information. You should still seek medical help if you have a problem. According to the company, around ten billion Google searches about skin, hair and nail conditions are performed every year. Two billion people worldwide suffer from such problems. The new dermatology AI tool will be available for the first time in the EU later this year. It has passed clinical validation and is labeled as a Class I medical device in the EU, but not yet in the US.


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