AI could be used to develop patient treatment plans to ease dentists' workload

A new artificial intelligence system that uses natural language processing could be deployed at dental offices to craft patient treatment plans for dentists, according to VentureBeast.

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan developed the AI system, which is fueled with findings from dentists' notes. In total, researchers compiled a 990-document data set that is filled with dentists' findings on patients.

The system extracts imaging and modeling findings from patients to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Additionally, the system takes into account 400 types of conditions and will rank them before generating a list of treatment priorities, VentureBeast reports.

While the system can achieve a nearly perfect score, researchers want to incorporate text simplifications for dentists' protocol summaries and consent forms, reports VentureBeast.

"An AI system that can implement the years of experience of a specialist would be of great significance in providing patients with evidence-based medical care," the researchers said. "Automatic summarization of orthodontic diagnoses or presentation of necessary examinations in an orthodontic clinic would reduce the heavy workload of dentists, as well as help less experienced dentists in avoiding oversights and judgement errors."

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