COVID 19 Latest News: Now, early intervention through rapid screening of COVID-19 with the help of chest x-ray interpretation over WhatsApp is possible. Sounds unrealistic? But it is not, courtesy, XraySetu.
As per the release from the Ministry of Science and Technology, XraySetu is a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform that can identify COVID positive patients even from low-resolution Chest X-Ray images sent over WhatsApp for doctors who have access to x-ray machines.
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As the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic continues in India, rapid testing, contact tracing have become an absolute necessity. In such a situation, this AI platform for the screening of COVID-19 could be very critical. At present, drive rapid testing, contact tracing are taking more than a week across some cities, the challenge is even more for rural areas. Easy alternative tests are necessary as RT-PCR tests also give a ‘false negative’ for some variants. XraySetu can be the easy solution to all these challenges because it can work with low-resolution images sent via mobiles and is quick and easy to use. It can facilitate detection in rural areas.
The XraySetu has been developed by ARTPARK (AI & Robotics Technology Park), a not-for-profit foundation established by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, with support from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), government of India, in collaboration with Bangalore based HealthTech startup Niramai and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
The XraySetu AI platform has been specifically designed to identify COVID positive patients even from low-resolution Chest X-Ray images sent over WhatsApp. Furthermore, it also has semantic annotations of affected areas for review and localised heatmap by doctors to help them verify it easily with other modalities and has already served close to 1200 reports so far from the interior parts of the country.
Now, a doctor can conduct a health checkup through this simple process of XraySetu. The process is as follows:
Step 1: Any doctor simply needs to visit the xraysetu.com and click on the ‘Try the Free XraySetu Beta’ button
Step 2: It will be redirected to another page where he or she can choose to engage with the WhatsApp-based chatbot via web or smartphone application. The doctor can also simply send a WhatsApp message to the phone number +91 8046163838 to start the XraySetu service.
Step 3: Then they just need to click the picture of the patient’s X-ray and obtain the 2-page automated diagnostics with annotated images in a few minutes.
Step 4: While extending the probability of the COVID-19 contraction, the report also highlights a localized heatmap for a quick perusal of the doctor.
Notably, XraySetu has tested and validated more than 1,25 000 X-ray images from National Institute of Health, UK and has shown an excellent performance with sensitivity 98.86 per cent and specificity 74.74 per cent.