Researchers come up with new AI-based programme to predict patient's lifespan

The new AI machine looks at images of their organs and predicts with 69 percent accuracy.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Jun 02, 2017, 16:16 PM IST
Researchers come up with new AI-based programme to predict patient's lifespan

New Delhi: Researchers have come up with a new artificial intelligence programme to predict when a patient is likely to die.

The new AI machine looks at images of their organs and predicts with 69 percent accuracy.

"Predicting the future of a patient is useful because it may enable doctors to tailor treatments to the individual," said lead author Luke Oakden-Rayner, radiologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

In the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team used artificial intelligence to analyse the medical imaging of 48 patients' chests.

The computer-based analysis was able to predict which patients would die within five years, with 69 per cent accuracy, the researchers observed.

"The accurate assessment of biological age and the prediction of a patient's longevity has so far been limited by doctors' inability to look inside the body and measure the health of each organ," Oakden-Rayner said.

"Our research has investigated the use of 'deep learning', a technique where computer systems can learn how to understand and analyse images," he added.

(With Agency inputs)