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New Tech Allows Faster Breast Cancer Detection In Middle East

Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease for women in the Arab world. But now, AI screening solutions, precision medicine and molecular imaging are fighting back.



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An estimated 2.26 million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In the Arab world, nearly 20% of all new cases turn out to be breast cancer, making this form of the disease the most common for women in the region.

To tackle this problem, several medical tech companies have developed screening tests to avoid misdiagnosis and late diagnosis. From AI to 3D imaging, each solution strives to improve the screening process, making it more accessible and affordable to Middle Eastern patients.

Early Detection Improvements

Mammogram diagnostics have evolved dramatically over the years. 3D scanning allows oncologists to detect small masses in dense breast tissue much earlier than traditional imaging tools allow.

“Using 3D mammograms, we can see lumps hidden within breasts accurately. By limiting the effect of covering the breast tissue, 3D mammography can make tumor detection easier. Looking into various pictures has helped specialists discover a larger number of cancer growths which was not possible with 2D scans,” says Dr. Timor Al-Shee, Surgical Consultant of Breast Oncology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia.

Despite their advancements, 3D mammograms are costly and still risk the possibility of false-positive results. To minimize unnecessary biopsies and increase the accuracy of decisions, researchers from New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi have devised a method to identify cancers using AI.

Devised by a team led by Farah Shamout, Yiqiu Shen and Jamie Oliver, the AI tool offers “radiologist-level accuracy” and promises to improve the consistency and efficiency of ultrasound diagnosis.

So far, the findings have been promising, with AI able to play a complementary role as a decision-making tool during the early stages of screening, aiding clinicians when forming a diagnosis.

Genetic Testing And Molecular Imaging

As well as 3D imaging and AI, genetic testing can also achieve reliable and accurate results. Although most breast cancers are not thought to be caused by inherited mutations, the tests can be helpful for women with a family history of breast cancer.

“The UAE uses the latest technologies to drive innovation in healthcare. We are part of the DoH-led Personalized Precision Medicine Programme for oncology in the region that specifically targets breast cancer. The treatment is based on a patient’s genetic makeup and genetic changes in cancer cells,” says Dr. Fahed Al Marzooqi, COO of G42 Healthcare.

Molecular breast imaging, on the other hand, can be used alongside a mammogram and involves a radioactive tracer with a nuclear medicine scanner. The tracer is injected into a vein, and if cancer cells are detected, the tracer will light up.

As well as helping to diagnose cancers earlier, these new technologies could also be used to tailor precision medicines for treatment. Scientists already know that breast cancer is treatable if spotted early, so it seems that the future of cancer medicines is all about evaluation — from genes and environment to lifestyle factors. Meanwhile, technological advances are beginning to allow oncologists to tailor highly individual treatment plans for patients.


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Adobe Firefly AI Image Generator Comes To Photoshop

The Generative Fill tool will arrive in the app’s tool palette sometime in the second half of this year.



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Adobe Photoshop is the latest app to benefit from the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, gaining a new tool called Generative Fill. The company’s AI image generator Firefly benefitted from the new feature in a web-only update back in March, and today, the Generative Fill tool launches in beta for the popular photo editing program.

Generative Fill is a little like a smarter version of Adobe’s existing Content-Aware Fill feature and works within individual Photoshop image layers. The tool can be used to expand the borders of an image (a feature known as outpainting) or to generate entirely new objects, and contains a text prompt to add direction to the AI technology.

Adobe claims its AI is only trained to work on Adobe Stock images, licensed content, and images without copyright restrictions. Generative Fill also supports a system called Content Credentials, which attaches metadata-style attributes to images before they are shared online, informing viewers that content was created or edited with the help of AI.

“By integrating Firefly directly into workflows as a creative co-pilot, Adobe is accelerating ideation, exploration and production for all of our customers,” announced Ashley Still, the senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe. “Generative Fill combines the speed and ease of generative AI with the power and precision of Photoshop, empowering customers to bring their visions to life at the speed of their imaginations,” she added.

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Generative Fill isn’t yet available in the latest version of Photoshop, but if you’re curious about how the tool works, you can download the desktop beta app or try it out within a module of the Firefly beta. Adobe is still tight-lipped about the exact release date of Generative Fill, but says we can expect the new feature to drop sometime in the second half of 2023.

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