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CM inaugurates AI-based corona diagnosis tool kit

Source: Hindustan Times (Lucknow) as of 27-05-2020

LUCKNOW: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday inaugurated artificial intelligence-based Covid-19 diagnosis tool kit jointly researched and developed by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) and King George’s Medical University (KGMU). This artificial intelligence tool kit will help in identifying Covid-19 patients through x-ray, CT scan and other images. This tool uses X-ray images to identify Covid-19 patients with 99.98 percent accuracy. It could be used with an X-ray machine for accurate examination of corona patients, said AKTU vicechancellor, Prof Vinay Kumar Pathak. This tool could be installed in rural areas, tier-2, tier-3 cities, railway stations, airports, bus stations and sensitive offices / places, he said.

“Chest x-rays or CT scans of the Covid-19 patients will be subjected to analysis, using artificial intelligence for exploring discriminatory behaviour from normal people or those having common flu, pneumonia,” said Pathak. He said artificial intelligence based systems would help in achieving success for image recognition and classification. “Thus, artificial intelligence with good-labelled dataset of Covid -19 can play a significant role in diagnosis,” he said.

He said the main purpose of this collaborative research was to develop a handy standalone system, which would help to identify the COVID-19 affected people from medical images in real time situation. Both AKTU and KGMU are quite hopeful about getting positive results in this joint research project. Prof MK Dutta, dean, post graduate studies and research, who is involved in this project, was also present.

Meanwhile, Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said the work on setting up three new state universities at Aligarh, Azamgarh and Saharanpur should be expedited to ensure early commencement of academic session there. He was presiding over a meeting convened to review the progress made for setting up the three universities that include Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University Aligarh, State University Azamgarh and State University Saharanpur. Chief minister said arrangements for providing land to the new universities should be taken forward for starting the construction work and also early beginning of the academic session there.

› This tool uses X-ray images to identify Covid-19 patients with 99.98% accuracy. It could be used with an X-ray machine for accurate examination of corona patients. PROF VINAY KUMAR PATHAK, AKTU vice-chancellor

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