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Artificial intelligence algorithm developed for COVID detection in chest X-rays

The artificial intelligence algorithm tool would help in automatically detecting radiological findings indicative of COVID-19 in seconds

An artificial intelligence algorithm that can detect the presence of COVID-19 disease in chest X-rays, has been developed by DRDO.

The artificial intelligence algorithm tool, named as “ATMAN AI”, was developed by DRDO’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), with the support of 5C Network & HCG Academics.

The artificial intelligence algorithm tool is developed for chest X-ray screening as triaging tool in COVID-19 diagnosis which is a method for rapid identification and assessment of lung involvement, according to a statement issued by HCG Academics on Friday.

This would be utilised by 5C Network, the country’s largest digital network of radiologists, with support of HCG Academics, the statement said.

Triaging COVID suspect patients using X-ray is fast, cost-effective and efficient.

“It can be a useful tool especially in smaller towns in our country owing to lack of easy access to CT scans”, it said.

Also, this would reduce the existing burden on radiologists and make CT machines being used for COVID be utilised for other diseases and illnesses owing to overload for CT scans, it said.

The accuracy of the software has been improved by the novel feature namely Believable AI, along with existing ResNet models, and being a machine learning tool, the accuracy would improve continually, the statement said.

Using Artificial Intelligence (Deep Learning & Convolutional Neural Network) models by an indigenously developed deep learning application by CAIR-DRDO for COVID-19 screening using digital chest X-rays, chest X-rays of RT-PCR positive hospitalised patients in various stages of disease involvement were retrospectively analysed. The artificial intelligence algorithm showed an accuracy of 96.73 per cent, it said. U K Singh, director of CAIR, DRDO was quoted as saying, “The development of ATMAN, an Artificial Intelligence algorithm based diagnostic tool for Chest X-ray screening is a part of DRDOs effort to help clinicians and partners on the frontline to have the tools they need to rapidly diagnose and effectively treat COVID-19 patients”. There is a rush to develop AI tools for quick analysis using X-rays, given the limited testing facilities for coronavirus.

“The artificial intelligence algorithm tool would help in automatically detecting radiological findings indicative of COVID-19 in seconds, enabling physicians and radiologists to more effectively triage the cases, especially in an emergency environment”, he added. Kalyan Sivasailam, CEO of 5C network, said, “We are excited to develop Atman AI for COVID detection in Chest X- rays. Utilising the algorithms for chest X-ray is an effective triaging tool which can be accessible to the common man in remotest districts of this country”.

“This will have a significant impact on timely care and appropriate treatment”, he said.

This application can help with a more directed and focused approach with the on-going second wave of infections, the statement said. Connected to over 1,000 hospitals across the country, 5C Network would now make ATMAN available to state- run and private hospitals, it was stated.

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