Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How AI Could Spot Lung Cancer Sooner – and Save Lives

Lung cancer is the most common cancers worldwide. It’s also one of the most deadly. More than 80 percent of people with lung cancer die within five years of being diagnosed, and half die within a year. H. Michael Park, co-founder of startup Innovation DX, is working to improve those odds. In December, his St. Louis-based medical analytics company plans to release its first product — a GPU-accelerated AI system that detects lung cancer in its early stages from a simple chest X-ray. The product will initially launch outside the U.S. while Park and co-founder Connor Monahan pursue FDA approval. “Lung cancer is so deadly today because it’s diagnosed so late,” Park said. “We wanted to see if we could help people survive by detecting it early.”