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Could artificial intelligence replace doctors? AI is now diagnosing this common eye disease

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Artificial intelligence is now being used to diagnose a common eye disease. The device, called IDx-DR, uses software and a retinal camera to take images of a patient's retina. It then uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to evaluate the images and effectively diagnose diabetic retinopathy, a diabetes complication that can lead to blindness. Developers hope this new device will make it easier for patients to get diagnosed outside of a clinical environment, leading perhaps to catching the condition earlier. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics became the first to use the new technology in June, according to reports from The Gazette newspaper.


Artificial Intelligence Is Now Diagnosing Disease

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Artificial intelligence is now being used to diagnose a common eye disease. The device, called IDx-DR, uses software and a retinal camera to take images of a patient's retina. It then uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to evaluate the images and effectively diagnose diabetic retinopathy, a diabetes complication that can lead to blindness. Developers hope this new device will make it easier for patients to get diagnosed outside of a clinical environment, leading perhaps to catching the condition earlier. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics became the first to use the new technology in June, according to reports from The Gazette newspaper.


FDA Approves AI That Can Analyze Your Eyes

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IDx-DR is a software program that can detect a certain type of eye disease from photos of a human retina, and it was just approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is a huge win for artificial intelligence (AI) and MedTech development: this is the first time the FDA has approved an AI-powered diagnostic device that doesn't require a doctor to interpret the results. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease in which an excess of blood sugar damages blood vessels located in the back of the eye. It's the most common vision malady for people afflicted with diabetes, with about 200,000 new cases occurring per year. After photos of a patient's retina are taken with a special retinal camera, IDx-DR's algorithm verifies that the picture quality is good enough to use for analysis.


How AI Will Transform What Doctors Do

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Electronic health records, patient sensors and medical imagery can provide unprecedented amounts of information--information that can improve care. But sorting through volumes of data has become a burden, overwhelming doctors and keeping them from spending quality time with the patients they're trying to help. Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing that equation. It eliminates tedious data-sorting chores, but that's just the beginning. It also gives doctors the tools to make faster, more accurate diagnoses and helps them predict problems before they evolve into full-blown emergencies.


AI Diagnostics Move Into The Clinic

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True to form, artificial intelligence continues to equal and even surpass doctors in the prediction and diagnosis of condition after condition. Most of this work, however, has occurred in carefully controlled laboratory experiments, with clean databases and images acquired and reviewed by experts.