Free of charge smart software helps to fight corona

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The Netherlands

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September 17, 2020

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Free of charge smart software helps to fight corona

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The Netherlands

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September 17, 2020

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Corona caught us all by surprise, but fortunately we have a large arsenal of medical technology at our disposal to fight the virus. The Dutch company Delft Imaging repurposed their TB x-ray tool to trace corona and is helping to prevent major outbreaks in countries with limited testing capabilities.

For the past decade, Delft Imaging has been working on developing CAD4TB, a computer programme that can trace tuberculosis. This artificial intelligence tool can especially make a difference in countries and situations where screening capacity is limited.

To help fight the current pandemic, Delft Imaging repurposed their TB tool at very short notice. For this project, they cooperated with the Bernhoven Hospital in Uden and the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch. The result? The new CAD4COVID algorithm, which can help trace the corona infection.

How does it work?


The process is relatively straight-forward. A chest x-ray is taken, and after a short analysis the artificial intelligence software reports back whether there is any indication that the patient is infected with the corona virus based on affected lung tissue. It generates a heatmap and quantifies how badly the lungs are affected by COVID. This then helps medical personnel take appropriate action.

How can Delft Imaging help you fight corona?

 

As Delft Imaging was already active in Ghana, Ghana was among the first countries to take advantage of the new CAD4COVID tool in June. Over 50 hospitals and clinics were already equipped with portable x-ray systems using smart software for TB detection. All these locations could easily implement the CAD4COVID tool as well.

Delft Imaging is looking to quickly roll the software out further. According to business development manager Enya Seguin, by mid-July 48 institutions in 28 countries were already using the CAD4COVID tool and this number increases daily.

Are you a healthcare facility struggling to contain the corona virus? Do you want to help improve the algorithm by contributing your own data? Get in touch with Delft Imaging! The software is available free of charge.

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