Google is developing an AI-powered augmented reality microscope for cancer detection

Google is on their way to developing an ARM-Augmented Reality Microscope in a joint venture with the U.S. Department of Defense. Currently, Google has developed a prototype. They incorporate AI with the microscope system to classify cancer cells using visual indicators.

Google is on their way to developing an ARM-Augmented Reality Microscope in a joint venture with the U.S. Department of Defense. Currently, Google has developed a prototype. They incorporate AI with the microscope system to classify cancer cells using visual indicators.

ARM was initially announced in the year 2018. According to a statement from Google, the ARM can be retrofitted in the existing or modified light microscopes in hospitals, which reduces the cost of money for cancer detection systems.

Google is developing an AI-powered augmented reality microscope for cancer detection
Example view through the lens of the ARM; Image source: Google

Check Google’s patent in Augmented reality microscope for pathology

Google Health, a division of Google is spending a lot on AI-powered diagnostics, which improves accuracy in detection and will reduce the gap of unavailability of healthcare.

CNBC reported the Department of Defense negotiated with Google for the supply of the ARM can be done through the Military. The cost of the ARM system will be between $90,000 to $100,000.

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From the published results, Google claimed that the Convolutional Neural Network can detect breast cancer with the same accuracy as a trained pathologist.

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Currently, 13 ARMs were produced, which were currently made. These are under tests by the researchers to identify any faults that could occur during its clinical deployment. These ARM can be used as separate systems or could be retrofitted in an existing or modified light microscope can be used for cancer detection.

The AI algorithms in the ARM system can detect cancer when a slide containing the sample is attached. This algorithm can outline the cancer, and detect its age, vulnerability, etc.

This can increase the speed of the diagnosis and may reduce the workforce of pathologists.


Report by: Achuth B S

Edited: Editor's Desk

Published: 20 September 2023

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