Look Into My Eyes: Technology Aims to Make Them the Windows to the Heart as Well
Is there a simpler way to detect cardiovascular disease?
Google and Verily Life Science, a company using technology to find and manage diseases better, think so, according to a study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on Monday.
How does it work?
Much like going to an eye doctor who can tell you whether you have glaucoma, this algorithm looks at the fundus, which is the rear interior of the eye, which has many blood vessels. These vessels will give doctors all the information they need about the patient's overall health.
The AI, like any new database systems, had to first be trained how to read the information in the eye.
Verily took the medical information from over 300,000 patients involving eye scans and general medical data. It then had to learn various signs and patterns with scans and metrics to determine cardiovascular risks.