west indies cricket score today,football online,best live roulette online,Artificial intelligence scan catches inflammation in blood vessels; doctors can save lives of COVID patients

Kirti Pandey
Updated Jun 09, 2021 | 21:26 IST
Chest scan read by AI saves COVID patients' lives
Chest scan read by AI saves COVID patients' lives 
  • This is a shot in the arm for doctors struggling to save COVID-19 patients' lives.
  • Now, with Artificial Intelligence to the rescue, a patient's risk of dying from COVID-19 can be assessed by scanning their blood vessels.
  • Doctors can intervene by using innovation, patients can quickly receive an anti-inflammatory drug.

Any innovation in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) that enhances human life is welcome, though there have been several people who feel AI development could become a Frankenstein's monster of the future.

Now, scientists are deploying AI tools claims to calculate a patient's risk of dying from COVID-19 and associated variants by scanning for heightened blood vessel inflammation. 

Scientists at the University of Oxford trained an algorithm to spot a COVID-19 signature in chest CT scans, reports The Daily Mail.

As per a report on the British Heart Foundation website, "New artificial intelligence (AI) technology to scan for heightened blood vessel inflammation can calculate a person’s risk of death from Covid-19 and Covid-19 variants. The technology could be used to tailor their treatment and give them the best chance of recovery, according to new research we've funded and presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society conference."

How does AI Tech save COVID patients' lives?

  1. Severe cases of COVID-19 have been associated with a cytokine storm, which is caused by the immune system flooding the bloodstream with specific proteins called cytokines that cause inflammation as a response to the virus, says the BHF website. 
  2. Machine Learning has been trained by the scientists at the University of Oxford to spot a COVID-19 signature in chest CT scans.
  3. The technology detects abnormalities in fat surrounding blood vessels in order to measure the level of inflammation caused by cytokines in infected patients. 
  4. Those with heightened blood vessel inflammation were up to eight times more likely to die in the hospital due to the virus.
  5. Doctors can then decide to deploy an anti-inflammatory drug that had a 6-fold reduction in risk of dying.

Professor Charalambos Antoniades, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, told the British Heart Foundation (BHF): 'By simply adding in one extra step to the routine care of people admitted to hospital with Covid-19 who already have a CT scan, we can now detect patients at high risk of life-threatening complications and could potentially tailor their treatment to aid long-term recovery.

'But the benefits don't stop there. We know that this exaggerated immune response to the virus can also cause abnormal blood clotting, and so we are developing this AI platform to specifically identify Covid-19 patients who are most at risk of having a future heart attack or stroke.

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