A new computer tool can detect heart disease in 20 seconds, a study finds – nearly 40 times faster than experienced medical professionals.
It uses artificial intelligence to read complex MRI scans in record time, and more accurately than humans.
Doctors are alerted to potential heart problems even before the patient has left the scanner.
Previously, specialists spent an average of 13 minutes examining final MRI images.
With 120,000 heart scans performed each year, the British Heart Foundation claims the “revolutionary” tool will free up medical professionals to manage backlogs.
It was developed by researchers from University College London and the Barts Heart Centre.
Its director, consulting cardiologist Dr. Rhodri Davies said, “Our new AI reads complex heart scans at record speeds, analyzing the structure and function of a patient’s heart with greater precision than ever before.”
“The beauty of the technology is that it eliminates the need for the doctor to spend countless hours analyzing the scans by hand.”
The tool will be launched in London and will be expanded to 40 other locations.
BHF funded the study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
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