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Japan to speed up approval of AI for diagnostic imaging unit

New system means tech can be in commercial use within a year of development

AI software, or 'software as a medical device', includes tech that can automatically detect suspicious lesions or shadows from X-ray images and endoscopic images of the large intestine, for example. (Photo courtesy of Fujifilm) 

TOKYO -- Japan will shorten the examination period for an artificial-intelligence-powered diagnostic imaging software and other med-tech to be approved for commercial use, Nikkei has learned.

The government will create a new approval system that allows the agile implementation of such state-of-the-art technologies in the medical field. With the new system, such technologies can be put into commercial use within a year of their development.

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