Researchers at the University of Oxford in the U.K. have developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help gauge a person's risk for suffering a deadly heart attack years ahead of time.
A so-called fat radiomic profile created via machine learning can flag inflammation, scarring, and changes in vessels that feed blood to the heart.
Oxford's Charalambos Antoniades said, "By harnessing the power of AI, we've developed a fingerprint to find 'bad' characteristics around people's arteries."
Antoniades said the tool could potentially identify incipient symptoms that could lead to fatal heart attacks, so clinicians can take preventive measures.
British Cardiovascular Society president Simon Ray said AI's use in heart scans could improve diagnostic accuracy and offer important data that will enable cardiologists to better predict disease progression and personalize treatment planning.
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