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From EKGs to X-Ray Analysis, Here's How Your Doctor Is Actually Using AI

Rachel Murphy

Very Well Health

Nov 18, 2023

Key Takeaways

  • The FDA released a list of 692 medical devices that use AI and machine learning.
  • Most of the devices are used in radiology and cardiology.
  • AI offers the chance to catalog and synthesize data faster and more efficiently than humans can.

Artificial intelligence seems to be everywhere right now—guiding stock choices, planning vacations, and writing the next great blockbuster. But while generative AI is showboating, machine learning is helping doctors digest and utilize oceans of information to make condition diagnosis faster and more efficient. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on board.

The FDA recently released a list of 692 medical devices using artificial intelligence and machine learning that have been authorized for use in marketing via 510(k) clearance, De Novo request, or premarket approval. These classification buckets mean that they have been tested and are considered safe for use on humans. Some devices have been in use since the mid-1990s, but 171 are new to the list and incorporate machine learning in new and innovative ways.