New AI-based program can predict patient’s lifespan

    Updated: April 29, 2018 at 8:37 am EST  See Comments

    Healthworld — Sydney: Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) programme that can predict when a patient’s is likely to die, simply by looking at images of their organs with 69 per cent accuracy.

    “Predicting the future of a patient is useful because it may enable doctors to tailor treatments to the individual,” said lead author Luke Oakden-Rayner, radiologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

    In the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team used artificial intelligence to analyse the medical imaging of 48 patients’ chests.

    The computer-based analysis was able to predict which patients would die within five years, with 69 per cent accuracy, the researchers observed.

    “The accurate assessment of biological age and the prediction of a patient’s longevity has so far been limited by doctors’ inability to look inside the body and measure the health of each organ,” Oakden-Rayner said.

    “Our research has investigated the use of ‘deep learning’, a technique where computer systems can learn how to understand and analyse images,” he added.

    The remainder of this article is available in its entirety at India Times

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