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AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts

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The researchers designed computer models capable of digesting large quantities of data that might be collected during a typical work-up of a patient with suspected dementia. This information was then fed to a neural network trained to identify disease-spe

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More individuals are surviving into old age globally thanks to improvements in public health over the last several decades. Dementia, notably Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions that are often linked to aging are as a result seeing a major rise. This might impede the ability to provide prompt treatment to individuals in need, especially in light of a predicted physician shortage in the next decades.

According to a recent study by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), computational techniques (artificial intelligence/AI) may be able to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with delivering dementia care to an aging population.

"Even in circumstances where a specialized neurologist or neuro-radiologist is busy to directly provide a diagnosis, it is foreseeable that some degree of automation could step in to help, thereby enabling doctors and their patients to plan treatment accordingly," explains corresponding author Vijaya B. Kolachalama, Ph.D., FAHA, assistant professor of medicine at BUSM.

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