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AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray


A normal chest x-ray.

Dr. Weiss said additional research is necessary to validate the deep learning model, which could ultimately serve as a decision-support tool for physicians.

Credit: Radiological Society of North America

A deep learning model that uses a single chest X-ray to predict the 10-year risk of death from a heart attack or stroke, stemming from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease has been developed by researchers. Results of the study were presented today (November 29) at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Deep learning is an advanced type of artificial intelligence (AI) that can be trained to search X-ray images to find patterns associated with disease.

"Our deep learning model offers a potential solution for population-based opportunistic screening of cardiovascular disease risk using existing chest X-ray images," said the study's lead author, Jakob Weiss, M.D., a radiologist affiliated with the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the AI in Medicine program at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "This type of screening could be used to identify individuals who would benefit from statin medication but are currently untreated."

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