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AI-based software may help predict risk of dementia

IANS  |  London 

Researchers have developed a new which may identify and measure the severity of common causes of and

Small vessel (SVD) is a very common neurological among older people that reduces blood flow to the deep white matter connections of the brain, damaging and eventually killing the brain cells.

It causes and as well as mood disturbance. SVD increases with age but is accelerated by and

The software can help physicians administer more quickly and also predict the one's chances of developing

It also provides 85 per cent accurate prediction results than current methods.

"Current methods to diagnose the through CT or scans can be effective, but it can be difficult for doctors to diagnose the severity of the disease by the human eye," said from the London.

"The importance of our new method is that it allows for precise and automated measurement of the disease," Bentley added in the study published in the journal Radiology.

He explained that this software could help doctors administer more personalised medicine during emergency. For instance, treatments such as "clot busting medications" during can be quickly administered to unblock an artery.

However, Bentley also warned that these treatments can be hazardous as they may cause bleeding which becomes more likely as the amount of SVD increases.

The study used data of 1,082 CT scans of patients across 70 in Britain.

The software identified and measured a marker of SVD and then gave a score indicating how severe the disease was ranging from mild to severe.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:46 IST
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