AI-driven platform developed to detect Covid: Govt

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New Delhi (NVI) A platform, driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI), has been developed which will help early intervention through rapid screening of COVID-19 with the help of Chest X-ray interpretation over WhatsApp for doctors who have access to X-ray machines, the government said today.

The platform called XraySetu can work with low-resolution images sent via mobiles, is quick and easy to use, and can facilitate detection in rural areas, said Science and Technology Ministry in a press release.

The platform has been developed by a not-for-profit foundation with the support of Department of Science and Technology, under the government of India, it said.

“Tested and validated with over 1,25 000 X-ray images from National Institute of Health, UK, as well as over 1000+ Indian COVID patients from, XraySetu, has shown excellent performance with Sensitivity: 98.86%, and Specificity: 74.74%,” the release said.

Besides COVID-19, the platform can also detect 14 additional lung-related ailments, including tuberculosis and pneumonia, alongside others, the ministry said.

It can further be used for both analogue and digital X-rays and has been successfully piloted by more than 300 doctors in rural areas over the last 10 months, it said.