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Can skin cancer diagnosis be transformed by AI?

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Esteva A, Topol E
The Lancet. 2019;394(10211):1795.
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32726-6

This Perspectives piece in The Lancet provides a succinct overview of the progress, opportunities, and challenges to be overcome, in refining Artificial Intelligence (AI) for clinical use looking specifically at dermatology.

The authors note that dermatology is a speciality suited for AI research and potential incorporation in clinical practice. Given the prevalence of skin conditions, especially different types of cancer, and the shortage of dermatologists, they highlight AI’s potential to decrease dermatologist workloads, eliminate repetitive and routine tasks and improve access to dermatological care.