Sight loss is a major global health problem. Many eye diseases can be treated effectively if they detected early, But the current imaging system needs highly trained experts. DeepMind, working with Moorfields Eye Hospital has developed a system using Artificial Intelligence to ‘read’ and interpret the results of optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans.
OCT produces a detailed map of the back of the eye, in 3D images. There’s some info about OCT here and a normal OCT image below
Healthcare professionals at Moorfields have to go through over 1000 OCT scans a day at Moorfields. Which obviously takes lots of skilled time! The inevitable delays can cause sight loss.
This week, an Artificial Intelligence / OCT system was reported to be as good as, or even slightly better than, the best experts. There’s a less technical write-up of the study here.The application of Artificial Intelligence to Optical Coherence Tomography is surely very welcome if it can prioritise those who need specialist clinical input – and so speed up vision-saving interventions. Happily, the initial results suggest this is the case.
Deep Mind are keen to sort out the ‘black box’ problem for clinicians understanding a new technology. What about the patients?
Can they be as exciting in their patient / community involvement?