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Chinese Hospitals Deploy DAMO Academy Cancer Screening Tool

Photo credit: Alibaba Group A cancer screening tool developed by Alibaba Group’s research arm DAMO Academy recently launched at hospitals in China, ...

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A cancer screening tool developed by Alibaba Group’s research arm DAMO Academy recently launched at hospitals in China, making it faster and more cost-effective to diagnose multiple types of malignancies.

DAMO Academy Cancer Diagnostic Tool Reports For Service

Two hospitals in Zhejiang province on China’s east coast announced their latest hires: an AI-powered diagnostic tool developed by Alibaba researchers to examine CT scans for signs of cancer.

The device takes less than three minutes to examine a patient’s CT scans, a third of the time it takes for a doctor to inspect scans themselves, according to a statement from DAMO Academy, a research program into cutting-edge technologies.

Since its unveiling last year, the tool’s use has expanded from identifying pancreatic cancer to detecting a range of cancers, including tumors of the liver, esophagus, colon and more.

For the time being, doctors at Lishui Central Hospital and Jingning County People’s Hospital in Zhejiang will use the tool to look for early signs of pancreatic cancer and osteoporosis.

But further deployment is on the horizon.

“Alibaba will continue to provide strong support for the digitalization and intelligent upgrading of medical care through digital technology and artificial intelligence,” Wang Wei, Vice President of Alibaba’s public welfare department, said in a statement.

This year’s Alibaba Philanthropy Awards, an annual ceremony celebrating outstanding charitable initiatives, also recognized the diagnostic tool for contributing to society.

This article was originally published on Alizila, written by Elizabeth Utley and Ivy Yu.


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