UCLA prof: Racial bias in medical devices based in physics

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The laws of physics may be making medical devices biased against people of color, according to a UCLA engineering professor.

Achuta Kadambi, an assistant professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, published a column in the journal Science about how dataset representation is not the only factor leading to bias in medtech.

Kadambi described how the inherent physics behind medical devices could vary across race and gender, citing several examples of potential physics-based bias.

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