Artificial intelligence – does it have promise for cancer prevention and early diagnosis?

11:00 am-12:30 pm

Room: Boisdale

Programme stream(s): Early detection / diagnosis and prognosis , Prevention
Programme session type(s): Parallel session

Chair: David Weller, University of Edinburgh
Speaker: Brendan Delaney, Imperial College London
Speaker: Nicola Strickland, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Speaker: Paul Brennan, University of Edinburgh

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning hold great promise in improving prevention and diagnostic processes for cancer. There has been an explosion of activity in AI and machine-learning techniques as their full potential in diagnosis is realized; they have the ability to analyse data from a huge number of sources – and learn from prior mistakes. There is the potential to prevent cancers in high-risk individuals and to diagnose them at an earlier stage through the application of AI techniques. We are just beginning to learn how AI and machine learning can be accommodated in our health system and current diagnostic processes – they carry with them important ethical, societal and financial implications. Topics including primary care data, imaging and complex diagnostics will be covered.