Artificial Intelligence-enabled rapid diagnosis of patients with COVID-19

Mei X, Lee HC, (...), Yang Y.

Nat Med. 2020. DOI: 10.1038/s41591-020-0931-3.

Chest CT images of COVID19 patients
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An AI system can help to rapidly diagnose COVID-19 patients.

  1. Rapid detection of patients with COVID-19 is vital because an initial false negative could delay treatment and increase risk of viral transmission to others.
  2. With a higher AUC, the joint model integrating CT images and associated clinical information outperformed the model trained on CT images only.
  3. The AI system could be implemented as a rapid diagnostic tool to flag patients with suspected COVID-19 infection, when CT images and/or clinical information are available, and radiologists could review these suspected cases identified by AI with a higher priority.

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