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In China, Hospitals Are Calling In Dr. Robot

By Ye Zhanqi, Li Yan and Coco Feng
The promising artificial intelligence (AI) medical treatment industry, in which AI medical startups in China alone raised more than 18 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) by the end of August, has attracted many big names, both from home and abroad. Photo: Visual China
The promising artificial intelligence (AI) medical treatment industry, in which AI medical startups in China alone raised more than 18 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) by the end of August, has attracted many big names, both from home and abroad. Photo: Visual China

Over a year ago, a hospital in Hangzhou in eastern Zhejiang province welcomed a new guest: a machine with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can diagnose solid or fluid-filled lumps in a patient’s thyroid.

So far, the robot, located in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, has achieved an accuracy rate of 85%, a higher mark than the doctors from the best hospitals in China, who are 70% correct when diagnosing thyroid nodules.

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