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Could AI supplant experts in detecting cause of preemie blindness?

An algorithm that uses artificial intelligence can automatically and more accurately diagnose a potentially devastating cause of childhood blindness than most expert physicians, a new study suggests. The finding could help prevent blindness in more babies with the disease, called retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP. Musician Stevie Wonder went blind from this condition. The algorithm accurately diagnosed the condition in images of infant eyes 91 percent of the time. On the other hand, a team of eight physicians with ROP expertise who examined the same images had an average accuracy rate of 82 percent. Shown here: An image of the back of an eye shows twisted and dilated retinal vessels, a sign of ROP, which is the leading cause of childhood blindness.

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