X-ray machines of the future will be powered by artificial intelligence to lighten the load on doctors and help spot chest abnormalities, new research shows.
WHAT IS AN X-RAY?An X-ray is a painless procedure that produces images of the inside of the body to detect a range of conditions.
A detector than picks up the X-rays after they have passed through and turns them into an image.
Dense parts of the body that X-rays find it more difficult to pass through, such as bones, show up as clear white.
X-rays may be used to detect broken bones, tooth problems, tumours, and lung or heart problems, to name a few.
Many people are concerned about being exposed to radiation during an X-ray the part of the body being examined is only exposed for a fraction of a second.
‘The results of this research shows that alternative models of care, such as computer vision algorithms, could be used to greatly reduce delays in the process of identifying and acting on abnormal X-rays – particularly for chest radiographs which account for 40 per cent of all diagnostic imaging performed worldwide.
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