Forget ‘man vs. machine.’ When doctors compete with artificial intelligence, patients lose.

Source: The Washington Post, June 2018

Last month, dermatologists were told they had narrowly lost a competition.

“Man against machine,” a study by Holger Haenssle and colleagues, found that artificial intelligence known as deep learning convolutional neural network edged out 58 dermatologists in the photographic diagnosis of melanoma.

They were charged with differentiating melanoma from benign moles using images obtained via dermoscopy, a technique that allows dermatologists to view the skin through a high-quality magnifying lens with a powerful lighting system.

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