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How AI is speeding up COVID-19 diagnosis (PHC)

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Healthcare organizations are still dealing with COVID-19 patients, and testing applications are ramping up all over the U.S. At the same time, AI is stepping in to help speed up the diagnosis of COVID-19 and expedite how much time healthcare professionals spend determining COVID-19 pneumonia and non-COVID-19 cases.

The AI tool is developed by researchers from Simon Fraser University and Providence Health Care and is currently in the validation phase at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. It works by analyzing a patient’s chest x-ray image, using bio-image detection to determine if a positive pneumonia case is consistent with COVID-19. Researchers used x-ray images of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 to refine the machine learning system and find the unique characteristics of the virus.

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