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AI-Based App Can Diagnose Stroke in Minutes

By Annette Boyle
October 23, 2020

A new tool for mobile devices can diagnose stroke as accurately as an emergency medicine specialist in just minutes, enabling patients to get brain-saving therapies in time for maximum benefit. According to researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Houston Methodist Hospital, the artificial intelligence (AI)-based tool could counterbalance physician biases, reducing both overuse of CT scans and underdiagnosis of mild and moderate stroke.

Initially, the team expects the app to be used in emergency departments, then in outpatient clinics, physician offices, care facilities and homes. “I envision a cloud-based app for people to assess their risk anywhere and at any time,” co-author Stephen Wong, of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for BRAIN and Houston Methodist Cancer Center, told BioWorld. The team presented a paper describing the app at the 23rd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention.

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