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Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur researchers have developed a unique automated Artificial intelligence (AI) solution which can predict the presence of COVID-19 in a person using chest x-ray. The experiment was performed with more than 2500 chest X-ray images and achieved about 96.80 per cent  sensitivity.

X Rays and CT scans can help diagnose Covid 19. Both can reveal abnormalities indicative of lung disease including Covid 19. Now IIT Jodhpur researchers have developed an explainable Artificial Intelligence solution for predicting COVID-19 from chest x-rays, IIT Jodhpur statement said.   IIT researchers have proposed a deep learning-based algorithm called COMiT- Net, which detects the abnormalities present in the chest X-Ray images to differentiate between a COVID-19 affected lung and a non-COVID affected lung. The developed AI algorithm not only predicts whether the CXR has COVID-19 pneumonia or not, but it is also capable of identifying the infected regions in the lungs, thus making them explainable.

Published in the journal Pattern Recognition, the study is a part of the RAKSHAK project, under National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM- ICPS) of Department of Science & Technology (DST), and iHuB Drishti, at IIT Jodhpur. The researchers aim at developing a full-scale prototype through the knowledge learnt in this project.

While there have been numerous research studies in COVID-19 detection using X-ray or CT scans in the past years, most of them fail to provide an explainable solution. The proposed study can visually showcase the region which is infected, and this technique interprets only from the lung region. The Artificial Intelligence solution used in this research is explainable from both algorithmic and medical points of view, say researchers.

The IIT Jodhpur team that contributed to this research includes Aakarsh Malhotra, Visiting Research Scholar, Surbhi Mittal, PhD Scholar, Puspita Majumdar, Visiting Research Scholar, Saheb Chhabra, Visiting Research Scholar, Kartik Thakral, PhD Scholar, Mayank Vatsa, Professor, Dr. Richa Singh, Professor and HOD, Computer Science, Dr Santanu Chaudhury, Director of the institute. Ashwin Pudrod, Consultant Pulmonologist, and Anjali Agrawal included in the list.(India Science Wire)