Hospital uses AI to treat cervical cancer patient in UK first


The Royal Surrey Foundation Trust treated Emma McCormick, 44, using adaptive radiotherapy after she was diagnosed with the cancer last April and was referred to St Luke's Cancer Centre. The treatment, called Ethos, involves a machine, created by healthcare company Varian, which uses artificial intelligence to deliver a prescription dose to tumours. The AI technology uses daily CT scans to target the specific areas that need radiotherapy, which helps avoid damage to healthy tissue and limit side-effects. Patients are required only to lay still on a flat surface inside the machine for the duration of the treatment. There is a screen above the machine which shows different images, and medical staff can play music to make the treatment more comfortable.

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