Oxford creates an Artificial Intelligence that calculates your chances of dying from Covid-19

The tool is also used to predict the chances that those infected will have a heart attack or stroke once the virus has overcome: “This Artificial Intelligence will ultimately serve to save lives”

Artificial Intelligence has been trained using CT scans of Covid patients.

Scientists at the University of Oxford have created artificial intelligence with the ability to predict the chances of a Covid-19 infected patient dying.

It is a technology based on the machine learning who employs the images collected in the 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 the 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 have eight times more likely to die from the virus. However, these types of people also respond well to anti-inflammatory treatments, reducing your 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 Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, Charalambos Antoniades, responsible for the development of this Artificial Intelligence.

“Simply adding an extra step to the protocol of people admitted by Covid-19, who are already undergoing a CT scan, we can detect patients at high risk of complications that can cause their death and create a personalized treatment for them that can avoid complications in the future, “says Antoniades.

Machine learning-based technology from the University of Oxford has been trained from CT scans of 435 coronavirus patients 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.

The new challenge for Artificial Intelligence

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 have more 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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