Apparently, our eyes are also windows to our cardiovascular diseases. That’s what Google implies with its new AI.
Although this news is not that shocking, especially to the medical professionals (retinas do change when a person has diabetes or high blood pressure), the AI part makes it interesting. What makes Google’s discovery important is its ability to make the diagnosis of the diseases super fast and easy. The bonus goes for it being noninvasive.
So, how does Google’s AI does it?
All it took was a compilation of over 280,000 scanned images of the retinas of patients from the United States and United Kingdom. Then, an algorithm was made based on the patterns of these images. The patterns help tell if one is at risk of the cardiovascular diseases.
However, as of today, the scans are far from perfect and accuracy is still in question. It can’t beat the existing medical approaches like blood tests. Yet.
But the idea that diseases could be detected through analysis is intriguing and someday soon, influential that it could be changing the medical field’s landscape.
The research was made by Google with its health-tech subsidiary called Verily.