In some hospitals in China, lung CT scans, a way of using AI to detect Covid-19, have begun to be checked using software.
Wuhan University’s Zhongnan Hospital has launched a new procedure to identify coronavirus patients. This is the introduction of AI to detect Covid-19. The medical center, located in the city that has been the epicenter of the epidemic, uses CT scans of the lungs.
The idea that has developed in this hospital is the basic one that uses artificial intelligence to make forecasts. It is simply a search for patterns in patients ‘ lungs. Obviously practice is not as simple as theory. But efforts have been made to try to identify the patterns of those infected by Covid-19.
Using AI to detect Covid-19 means having a repository of lung CT scan images. This is not difficult to achieve, because surely in China there will be databases containing such resources. But you also need pictures that show symptoms of pneumonia. And finally, scans of lungs affected by the coronavirus are also required.
Doctors at Zhongnan Hospital have determined that there are some unique patterns that coronavirus patients develop in their lungs. These are features of pneumonia, but there are differentiating elements. This knowledge has been poured into artificial intelligence software.
In this way AI software is able to help diagnose Covid-19. This allows greater agility in detecting cases, which until now require laboratory tests for confirmation. With the help of the program, doctors can fine-tune the shot. Although obviously they will be necessary additional tests to confirm the disease or absence of it.
Data management in the face of covid-19
The use of artificial intelligence around Covid-19 began even before the infection was known globally. A Canadian startup was able to anticipate the virus a few days in advance. Although it must also be said that he was not able to measure the magnitude of the impact.
Given the situation created by the new coronavirus, one of the debates is the use of data to coordinate health policies. And is that the benefits that can be obtained crossing the available information they would support efforts to contain, prevent and combat the disease. In the same way, the idea has been launched that AI would be useful in combating pandemics. They are ways in which the use of data can support traditional efforts.
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