NEW DELHI: Technology giant Google wants AI to help you recognize skin conditions with your smartphone. At I / O 2021, the company confirmed that it is working on a new role for Google search This allows users to identify some skin conditions.
The company also said the tool will help identify various dermatological problems at home. To use the tool, all you have to do is point the smartphone camera at your affected skin and take pictures from three different angles. You will then be asked questions about your skin type, how long the problem has been, and other symptoms that will help the tool narrow down the possibilities.
The AI tool then analyzes the images to tell you the skin condition that you are suffering from. Google also mentioned that the tool is designed to detect 288 different skin conditions.
Once the tool processes the images, the user will be presented with a list of conditions that may apply.
In an official blog post, Google said, “The tool is not intended to diagnose or replace medical advice as many conditions require a doctor review, personal exam, or additional testing such as a biopsy. Rather, we hope it gives you access to relevant information so that you can make a more informed decision about your next step. ”
During the keynote, the company also mentioned that it intends to launch the tool by the end of this year. This upcoming tool has already been labeled as a Class I medical service in the EU.
Meanwhile, Google also announced that it is using AI to create tools for screening tuberculosis patients.
“Inexpensive screening, particularly chest x-rays, has been identified as a way to improve the screening process. However, experts are not always available to interpret the results. This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended the use of Computer Aided Detection (CAD) for screening and triaging. In order to detect the disease early and ultimately eradicate it, Google researchers have developed an AI-based tool that builds on our existing work in medical imaging to identify potential TB patients for the Identify follow-up testing, “the company said in a blog post.