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Sixty seconds on . . . AI heart checks

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 14 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o667
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

What’s this all about?

A new artificial intelligence tool can detect heart disease at record speed and could even help reduce the NHS backlog, says the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research. A study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance found that the tool analysed cardiovascular magnetic resonance image (MRI) scans more precisely than three clinicians.1

So, just how quick is it?

The computer tool can analyse heart scans in 20 seconds while the patient is still in the MRI scanner. In …

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