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Scientists at the University of Oxford have created artificial intelligence with the ability to predict
the chances of dying a patient infected with Covid-19
It is a technology based on
the images collected in CT scans of the chest
to detect alarming indicators associated with the presence of the virus such as
the fat that surrounds the blood vessels
in the chest to measure the level of vascular inflammation caused by cytokines in people infected with the virus.
According to scientists at the University of Oxford who have created this artificial intelligence in collaboration with the
British Heart Foundation
, those with inflammation in the blood vessels are
eight times more likely to die from the virus
. However, these types of people also responded well to anti-inflammatory treatments,
reducing their chances of dying by six times
We have designed an incredibly adaptable Artificial Intelligence platform
that tracks vascular disease by decoding information from blood vessel images obtained routinely during the hospital admission process and integrating it with a large source of RNA from human tissue biopsies. ", explains the professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford, Charalambos Antoniades, responsible for the development of this Artificial Intelligence.
"By simply adding an extra step to the protocol for people admitted for Covid-19, who are already undergoing a CT scan,
we can detect patients at high risk of complications
that can cause death and create a personalized treatment for them that can avoid complications in the future ", assures Antoniades.
The technology based on machine learning from the University of Oxford has been
trained from CT scans of 435 patients with coronavirus
from English hospitals as a starting point to compare the degree of inflammation and the risk of death between people with and without Covid-19 .
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However, beyond for diagnosis and treatment. Oxford scientists are working on other possible applications for their artificial intelligence platform. "We are also training this Artificial Intelligence platform to identify patients with Covid-19 who are at higher
risk of future heart attacks or strokes
in the future," explains Antoniades.
"This research shows that Covid-19 is a powerful virus that can wreak havoc on our circulatory system and that the different variants are associated with different levels of the virus," says Associate Medical Director James Leiper.
"There are many things related to the long-term impact of the virus, but
this artificial intelligence will ultimately serve to help save lives
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