Google debuted an intuitive browser-based dermatology diagnostic tool at its Google I/O conference. The web tool draws on a powerful comparative AI to identify possible dermatological conditions based on the similarities between user-uploaded pictures and pictures of dermatologic conditions. The dermatology diagnostic tool can recognize a total of 288 conditions, giving the tool a wide reach.
The application is designed to be a convenient first step in assessing skincare and receiving treatment rather than providing an exhaustive medically approved diagnostic tool. The tool is eminently accessible. Once the user has submitted photos, filled out a health questionnaire, and gotten an unofficial diagnosis, they will receive information about the condition and tips on how to manage it. In order to ensure equitable treatment, the dermatology diagnostic tool is designed to factor in race, skin type, sex, and age.
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