Zebra Medical Vision, an Israeli startup that uses machine learning to teach computers to read and diagnose imaging data, raised $12 million in its latest funding round, including a re-investment from Salesforce.com Inc. co-founder Marc Benioff.
Over the past three years, Zebra has been building a database of millions of files such as CT-scans and MRIs of real patients, offering enough data so that machines can learn to accurately detect illnesses including breast cancer, and health problems with bones, the liver and lungs, said president and co-founder Eyal Gura. Company developers are writing specific algorithms for each health issue, and three have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, he said.
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