New artificial intelligence MRI scans could take just five minutes instead of 90

New artificial intelligence MRI scans could take just five minutes instead of 90

23rd August 2018 0 By admin
  • Current MRI scans require patients sit still for up to an hour-and-a-half
  • They take a series of 2D images, which are combined to make a 3D picture
  • New technique takes just a few 2D images, before AI ‘fills in the gaps’
  • AI has been trained on millions on MRI images from thousands of cases
  • Project started three years ago, early results show the method may be feasible 

Facebook artificial intelligence (AI) is working alongside radiologists to create MRI scans that last as little as five minutes, new research suggests.

Current MRI scans require patients, who are often in pain, sit perfectly still for up to an hour-and-a-half while a scan is completed. This is due to such scans taking a series of 2D images of a person’s insides, which are combined to create a 3D picture.

Known as the FastMRI project, the new technique involves taking just a few 2D images, before AI that has been trained on millions of other scans ‘fills in the gaps’.

Early results show the technique may be feasible, however, such projects take time. Therefore, to give the innovation a boost, the researchers recruited AI specialists from Facebook.

Dr Daniel Sodickson, from New York University, said: ‘We have some great physicists here and even some hot-stuff mathematicians, but Facebook has some of the leading AI scientists in the world’.

Although the project started three years ago, it still has a long way to go, with doctors being unable to predict if and when such technology may be available.

 

courtesy : DAILYMAIL

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