This is good news for some medical AI researchers. Their work has been given a seal of approval by the FDA. What is their work? These researchers have developed an AI scan to spot a potential stroke then notify medical providers.
For the almost 800,000 suffers from strokes per year, this is good news indeed. They may avoid the devastating health effect that strokes bring to people.
What is a stroke?
Simply, a stroke occurs when the blood supply is blocked from reaching a portion of the brain. The blockage deprives the brain of needed oxygen and the brain reacts in unhealthy ways.
Those unhealthy results can be brain damage, long-term disability or even death. Now that the FDA has given approval to this detection and notification use of AI, treatment may come sooner. It is hoped that the quicker treatment potential will reduce the number of people suffering from stroke-related problems.
What is this AI stroke detection system
It is also called the VizAI contact application. Its main function is to read CT scans and look for images that could possibly be identified as potential stroke situations. Once a suspected image has been identified by VizAI, a message is sent to a neurovascular doctor.
This message is sent via text messaging systems and can be done while the CT scan is still under observation by other medical providers. What this advanced notification does is involve the specialist sooner so that a better diagnosis can be made. It will also help make sure no false positives will be made.
This is not a doctor replacement application
Do not get the mistaken impression that this AI application will replace radiologists or doctors. It is merely a tool to help them find possible medical conditions related to strokes.
This advance warning system merely strives to involve qualified neurovascular specialists sooner and help avoid devastating strokes. The application is strictly limited to analyzation of scans.
When will VizAI hit the market
That will depend on the manufacturer. Now that they have FDA approval to market their device, it will come soon enough. This approval is just the first step in marketing. Any subsequent devices will still have to prove they can do the job their makers claim it can do.
Some Final Thoughts
The advent of AI comes with a lot of paranoid hype that often overshadows the real benefit AI technology can bring. This FDA approval brings hope to the almost 1,000,000 people who suffer from strokes each year.
It will also help medical providers fulfill their Hippocratic oath. This application of AI intelligence will help medical providers do no harm to their patients. Any unintentional harm that comes from missed clues, or a misdiagnosis.
VizAI will double check the results given by human radiologists and make sure the scans are read correctly. Protecting patients is the no. one goal of medical providers and VizAI will contribute greatly to that cause. This may be the first step in many AI medical contributions.