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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack

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A graphical representation of the idea of using a scan of the eye to get a window into heart health.

Said Alex Frangi, who holds the Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine at the University of Leeds and is a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, and who supervised the research, "This technique opens up the possibility of revolutionizing th

Credit: University of Leeds

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can analyze eye scans taken during a routine visit to an optician or eye clinic and identify patients at a high risk of a heart attack.

Doctors have recognized that changes to the tiny blood vessels in the retina are indicators of broader vascular disease, including problems with the heart.

In the research, led by the University of Leeds, deep learning techniques were used to train the AI system to automatically read retinal scans and identify those people who, over the following year, were likely to have a heart attack.

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