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In the first project of their sweeping data partnership, Google and the Mayo Clinic will build an artificial intelligence tool to guide the targeting of radiation therapy in cancer patients, the organizations said Wednesday.

The tool will draw contours around tumors in the head and neck, dividing them from healthy tissue, and help to determine radiation dosage and develop treatment plans for patients. Radiation therapy is a rapidly advancing area of AI innovation, as systems for automating tumor segmentation in head and neck cancers are already showing significant potential for improving care.

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