AI algorithms can predict whether a patient is at risk of suffering a stroke, heart attack, or dying from heart disease just by studying images of their retinas, according to research out of England.
The researchers believe AI retinal scans could be used in clinical settings to assess a patient's cardiovascular health without the need to take blood pressure measurements or blood tests one day.
"It could be that if a trial showed retinal scanning was at least as good then theoretically why would you do [blood pressure] readings and blood tests, particularly, for example, in diabetic patients who will be getting retinal photos anyway? [It] could help reduce burden on already stretched healthcare systems."
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If and when this hits the mainstream, who's going to trust their retinas to random models?