Google can use eyes to predict heart attack risk

AI looks into your eyes to predict cardio risk

Google parent company Alphabet claims that one of the technology initiatives under its X experimental research divisions can accurately predict heart disease simply by scanning a person's eyes.

A Google Research team used a deep learning algorithm to accurately predict cardiovascular risk based on images of human eyes.

Peng added to write in the blog post that, "For example, our algorithm could distinguish the retinal images of a smoker from that of a non-smoker 71 percent of the time, compared to a ~50 percent (i.e. random) accuracy by human experts".

LEFT: image of the back of the eye showing the macula (dark spot in the middle), optic disc (bright spot at the right), and blood vessels (dark red lines arcing out from the bright spot on the right). This way, they were able to predict the cardiovascular risk factors that science did not previously think was present in retinal fundus images. By studying their appearance with camera and microscope, doctors can infer things like an individual's blood pressure, age, and whether or not they smoke, which are all important predictors of cardiovascular health.

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What's compelling about the study is that it could point the way forward to developing more accurate ways of using anatomical changes that can be picked up in medical images to predict disease risk. Our algorithm used the entire image to quantify the association between the image and the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Researchers at Google and Verily used machine learning to analyze data of almost 300,000 patients and accurately predicted cardiovascular risk factors using retinal images in two datasets of 12,026 and 999 patients. For comparison, a conventional method for the assessment of cardiovascular risk requires analysis of blood and gives the correct predictions in 72% of cases. Maulik Majmudar, associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, called the model "impressive" but noted that the results show how tough it is to make significant improvements in cardiovascular risk prediction. For instance, the algorithm focuses on blood vessels when predicting blood pressure.

Traditionally, medical discoveries are often made through a sophisticated form of guess and test making hypotheses from observations and then designing and running experiments to test the hypotheses. The AI was then able to gather patterns from this data and understand which signs in the eyes scans pointed towards cardiovascular risk. Google just combined that reality with technology to take the diagnostic potential to another level.

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