Computers beat doctors in interpreting ECGs

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:763
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    A computer program has been shown to be better than experienced cardiologists in diagnosing heart attacks from electrocardiograms (ECGs).

    Dr Lars Edenhardt and Dr Bo Heden from the department of clinical physiology at University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, used a computer programmed with neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence which mimics human learning (Circulation 1997;96:1798-802). The computer was “taught” to recognise electrocardiographic …

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