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Deep Learning Methods Aid Diagnosis Of Eye Disease

A research partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital and UK-based artificial intelligence company DeepMind has released the first results of its investigation into the use of AI for diagnosis and referral in retinal disease.

Having applied its novel deep learning architecture to OCT scans from patients treated at the hospital, the team found that the AI platform’s performance in making a referral recommendation reached or exceeded that of experts on a range of retinal diseases. The findings were published in Nature Medicine.

“The results show that our AI system can quickly interpret eye scans from routine clinical practice with unprecedented accuracy,” commented the DeepMind team announcing the findings. “It can correctly recommend how patients should be referred for treatment for over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases as accurately as world-leading expert doctors.”

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