Chinese hospital deploys AI to detect blind-causing diseases

Xinhua

10th January 2019

Chinese hospital deploys AI to detect blind-causing diseases

A Chinese hospital on Thursday launched free consultations featuring artificial-intelligence (AI) cameras to detect ocular fundus diseases, which are major causes of blindness. 

Deqing county hospital in Guangdong Province become the first to use the device, co-developed by China’s search engine Baidu and Sun Yat-sen University, to serve the general public, Baidu told Xinhua. 

The instrument is capable of diagnosing three types of fundus disorders — diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It scans the eyes and generates a report in 10 seconds, all done without the need for an ophthalmologist to be present. 

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