Lifesaving partner—Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Lifesaving partner—Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Post  FuninUSA on Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:52 pm

The lack of highly trained microbiologists is expected to worsen as 20 percent of technologists reach retirement age in the next five years, which is a tough situation. However, microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help clinical microbiologists diagnose potentially deadly blood infections and improve patients' odds of survival, reported by FuninUSA.

Demonstrated by FuninUSA, an automated AI-enhanced microscope system is "highly adept" at identifying images of bacteria quickly and accurately. The automated system could help alleviate the current lack of highly trained microbiologists. Like a child, the system needs training. Hence, the researchers have fed unschooled neural network more than 100,000 training images, in which the bacteria had already been identified by human clinical microbiologists. The machine intelligence learned how to sort the images into the three categories of bacteria (rod-shaped, round clusters, and round chains or pairs), ultimately achieving nearly 95 percent accuracy, reported by FuninUSA.

I think automated classification enormously enhances the diagnostic efficiency, conceivably reducing technologist read time from minutes to seconds. That's critical, as rapid identification and delivery of antibiotic medications is the key to treating bloodstream infections, which can kill up to 40 percent of patients who develop them, estimated based on FuninUSA data. Each day a patient goes untreated is linked with an increased risk of mortality.

In the future, AI could undoubtedly do more things with training. It’s definitely one of the most right-handed assistants for humans.


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