Artificial intelligence could serve as backup to radiologists' eyes - (ScienceDaily via NewsPoints Desk)

  • A study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology suggests that deploying artificial intelligence (AI) could help radiologists to more accurately classify emphysema, ScienceDaily reported.

  • Researchers compared the results of Siemens Healthineers' AI-Rad Companion, an algorithm that examines chest scans, with traditional lung function tests in 141 people, and found that the result were comparable.

  • Philipp Hoelzer, customer engagement manager with Siemens Healthineers, said the company sees the program as a way for AI to work in tandem with the clinical expertise of radiologists.

  • "Taking away manual, repetitive tasks, like those that require a lot of measurement, is of great benefit to a radiologist, especially when reading cases that may have 20 or more nodules," he said, adding that  "interpreting the images, and the abstract thinking that goes along with it, will remain with the radiologist."

  • Principal investigator Joseph Schoep wants to assess whether the program improves patient management by prompting early treatment of problems.

  • Schoepf said he will test the system for three months before determining whether to deploy it more extensively.

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