AI for Social Good: Detecting Diabetic Retinopathy

AI for Social Good: Detecting Diabetic Retinopathy


You may not know that you have diabetic retinopathy. There are no symptoms in the early stages. When you can no longer see, it’s too late. You could become completely blind. Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition in which the blood vessels in the optic nerve are damaged. This disease can be prevented if we detect it fast enough. In Thailand, there are 4.5 million people who are diagnosed with diabetes. But there are only 1,500 ophthalmologists. This is not enough. In the research project we are conducting, patients have photos of their retinas taken. Then the AI examines the image and we deliver the results immediately. The AI developed by Google has an accuracy rate of 95%. Trained medical personnel could only analyze a few hundred photographs a day. But AI can read an unlimited amount of images. This helps detect retinopathy more efficiently, and allows patients to seek medical advice earlier. The potential of AI in healthcare is wonderful. In the future less patients will become blind from diabetes. AI has given hope to Thai people and diabetic patients all around the world.

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