The Google AI microscope uses artificial intelligence to help doctors detect cancer
September 20, 2023

The Google AI microscope uses artificial intelligence to help doctors detect cancer

Tech giant Google has created a prototype “Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM)” in collaboration with the US Department of Defense that includes artificial intelligence enhancements. The Google AI Microscope helps overlay visual indicators such as heat maps or object boundaries in real time. This should make it easier for doctors to classify samples and identify malignant cells and pathogens.

The Google AI Microscope or Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM) was first publicly mentioned in 2018, but has not yet been used for patient diagnosis. There are currently 13 prototypes of this microscope, but significant testing is still needed before it could be used daily in clinics, writes Engadget.

The goal is to create a system that can be incorporated into existing light microscopes found in hospitals and clinics, according to Google. Such an AI microscope can provide a variety of visual feedback including text, arrows, contours, heat maps, or animations, each tailored to unique assessment goals.

The Department of Defense’s innovation unit has reportedly negotiated deals with Google that will allow ARM microscopes to be distributed throughout the military. Expectations about the price of this microscope are between 90 and 100 thousand dollars, which is far beyond the means of local health workers.

This is not the first time that artificial intelligence or advanced technology in general has interfered with medicine.

Scientists have presented an electronic skin that provides a sense of touch and pain, and is suitable for people who have experienced accidents.

In addition, the AI ​​brain implant that American scientists implanted in a patient who experienced a traffic accident managed to restore part of his sense of touch and movement. Although it definitely sounds like the scenario of some dystopian movie, the progress of technology can definitely help modern medicine in solving health problems.