Profile image
By Alton Parrish (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

Computer Diagnoses Cataracts As Well As Eye Doctors Can

Monday, March 6, 2017 3:28
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Headline: Bitcoin & Blockchain Searches Exceed Trump! Blockchain Stocks Are Next!

In China, researchers have made great strides in the development of an artificial intelligence that can diagnose congenital cataracts. In fact, this AI platform is equally as capable of identifying the eye disease as human doctors. The findings are published in Nature Biomedical Engineering and can mark just the beginning of many other rare diseases being diagnosed by AI

Congenital cataracts is a rare eye illness. It is characterized by clouding of the eye lenses in babies that causes vision to be unclear and obstructed. It is one of the chief causes of blindness in children and is easy to treat. However, treatment for the condition is extremely expensive and one of the most difficult types of interventions in the field of ophthalmology.

According to Professor Lin Haotian of the Sun Yat-Sen University, who is one of the authors of the study, around 200,000 children suffer from congenital cataracts and are blind in both eyes as a result. He stated that many others are affected by partial cataracts, but the disease tends to progress as the children age, leading to even more difficulty with their vision.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/CDC

Dr. Lin and his team wanted to make it easier to diagnose congenital cataracts in more locations around the world. As a result, they developed a convolutional neural network based artificial intelligence platform called CC-Cruiser. The platform is able to identify, evaluate and recommend treatment for the eye condition.

Together, the researchers created the AI based on a database under the Childhood Cataract Program of the Chinese Ministry of Health. They equipped CC-Cruiser with a set of 476 photos of normal eyes and 410 of eyes afflicted by congenital cataracts. Each set of images was labeled by a pair of knowledgeable ophthalmologists.

Afterward, the researchers tested out CC-Cruiser in a number of complex real-world scenarios. One of those was within a clinical trial in multiple hospitals. There were other website based tests and one test that compared the performance of CC-Cruiser versus human ophthalmologists.

Lin reported to Asian Scientist Magazine that the overall accuracy of CC-Cruiser’s performance was extremely similar to that of an experienced ophthalmologist. He added that the AI was successful at diagnosing all of the potential patients within 50 cases and that, in comparison, the human doctors were incorrect with their diagnoses of some cases.

Lin concluded that CC-Cruiser delivered accurate suggestions regarding treatment for each patient who was found to require surgery, “with five false positives.”

In addition, Lin acknowledged that CC-Cruiser’s performance could be improved even more by giving it a larger dataset. As a result, the researchers created a collaborative cloud platform so that data could be integrated and CC-Cruiser’s functionality can improve even more by complementing current approaches at addressing rare illnesses.

Although the results CC-Cruiser has garnered are promising, Lin believes it would be used to augment and not actually replace doctors. He stressed that machines may have precision, but human abilities such as interaction and communication are indispensable in the medical field.

 

Contacts and sources:

By Joseph Gordon

 

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

 

Top Global

 

Top Alternative

 

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.