Published on: October 17, 2023

AI-based lung cancer screening

AI-based lung cancer screening

Why in news? State Health Department will start Artificial Intelligence (AI) based lung cancer screening for patients in 19 district hospitals in Karnataka.


  • Karnataka government joins hands with AstraZeneca to deploy AI-based lung cancer screening technology
  • This AI-powered chest X-ray system developed by health-tech startup ‘’
  • A MoU was signed with regard this between the National Health Mission and the pharma company
  • According to Indian Council for Medical Research, the incidence of cancer is increasing by about one per cent each year for both men and women in Karnataka
  • In Bengaluru alone, the most common cancers in men are lung, stomach, esophagus, and prostate. In women, the most common cancers are breast, cervix, ovary, and corpus uteri.


  • It will help the government to detect lung nodules, often precursors to lung cancer overcoming a major early detection challenge.
  • The screening technology will be first deployed in K.C. General Hospital in Bengaluru
  • The AI-based lung cancer screening technology will screen a patient for 29 lung diseases in one chest X-ray.