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Artificial Intelligence technology to detect diabetes retinopathy


Dubai: In a bid to curb the rising incidence of diabetes, the Dubai Diabetes Centre (DDC) plans to introduce Artificial Intelligence to detect retinopathy, start tele-monitoring of patients who miss their appointments and also introduce obesity clinics in the emirate. Elaborating on the use of Artificial Intelligence Dr M Hamed Farooqi, director of the multidisciplinary centre said: "As per international diabetes standards, we need to have 14 retinal images per diabetic. The estimated number of diagnosed diabetics in the UAE exceeds one million. To interpret 14 million images per year, we need more than 50 eye specialists working full-time. Deep learning system (DLS) using Artificial Intelligence are capable of identifying diabetic retinopathy and related eye diseases using retinal images with a high degree of accuracy.