AI may predict Alzheimer’s disease 5 years in advance

It learns signatures from MRI, genetics and clinical data
Scientists — including one of Indian origin — have created an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately predict whether a person’s cognitive decline will lead to Alzheimer’s disease in the next five years. Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada designed an algorithm that learns signatures from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), genetics, and clinical data. According to the study published in PLOS Computational Biology , the algorithm can help predict whether an individual’s cognitive faculties are likely to deteriorate towards Alzheimer’s in the next five years. “At the moment, there are limited ways to treat Alzheimer’s and the best evidence we have is for prevention. Our methodology could have implications as a ‘doctor’s assistant’ that would help stream people onto the right pathway for treatment,” said Mallar Chakravarty, an assistant professor in McGill University.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/ai-may-predict-alzheimers-disease-5-years-in-advance/article25161928.ece

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