If this isn’t one of the most interesting items you read all day, I am not sure what the heck is. Pigeons could be the future to more accurate breast cancer diagnosis. You read that correctly.
A little bit about pigeons. They hang out in parks typically. They can distinguish between human facial expressions, letters and even paintings. Sophisticated, they certainly are. So how are pigeons about to become radiologist leading the charge in breast cancer diagnosis? They’ve been taught how to recognize microscopic slides and mammogram scan images showing evidence of benign or malignant tissue, according to the Independent.
The birds were given rewards of food after selecting blue or yellow buttons, which signify either the image is benign or malignant. Mammogram technology has proven to be a bad technology for detecting breast cancer. Could pigeon radiologist change this? Well, we aren’t sure, but they certainly could lower the cost of healthcare as they don’t get paid much.
“This is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive process that requires the recruitment of clinicians as subjects for these relatively mundane tasks,” said Professor Levenson. “Pigeons’ sensitivity to diagnostically salient features in medical images suggest that they can provide reliable feedback on many variables at play in the production, manipulation, and viewing of these diagnostically crucial tools.
Somehow I am inclined to trust the pigeons more than the people in these cases. You can read the full article on the Independent here.
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