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AI and deep learning could help alleviate a doctor shortage in Japan

Latest diagnostic imaging tech is faster, more accurate than even the most experienced physician

Thirty-two hospitals, including Tokyo's National Cancer Center Hospital, pictured here, are contributing to a database that will eventually contain some 320,000 endoscopic images.

TOKYO In the near future, doctors will be using diagnostic imaging technology that employs artificial intelligence to find abnormalities so small even the most knowlegable physician might miss them. Groups of physicians, major computer hardware companies and venture firms are competing to develop this kind of technology, fueling hope that it may help alleviate the shortage of physicians in specialized fields.

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