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Using Artificial Intelligence to Diagnose Melanoma

A deep learning system has learned to accurately identify skin cancers in photographs.

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Dr. Roberto Novoa of Stanford Medical School used a database of nearly 130,000 images from the internet to train a deep learning algorithm to identify skin cancers as accurately as his fellow dermatologists.

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