AI alone now making the diagnosis

Modern Healthcare: For the first time, a computer can diagnose patients without a doctor's interpretation. In April 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved IDx-DR, a tool driven by artificial intelligence that detects diabetic retinopathy by studying images of the back of the eye.

Within one minute, the software produces a diagnostic result, detecting either the presence or absence of the condition, caused when high blood sugar damages blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to vision loss.

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