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Google is trying to make a name for itself in the medical technology sector by developing artificial intelligence (AI) that can screen for eye disease for people in Thailand.

Its pilot programme will be undertaken in conjunction with the Rajavithi Hospital to provide screenings to help detect diabetic retinopathy for those who would otherwise not have access to eye tests, in an attempt to avoid permanent blindness in those who suffer from the condition.

The company wrote in its blog post: “Deploying this technology in underserved communities that don’t have enough eye specialists could be life-changing for many.”

It was added that the technology giant wanted to “make the benefits of AI available to everyone”, and has previously used this AI initiative, which looks at medical images of the back of the eye to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy, in clinics in India.

Google also rolled out this project in the US along with Moorfields Eye Hospital, accurately detecting 50 cases of eye disorders.

This process was used instead of optical coherence tomography 3D scans, which are not only hard to determine the results but require experts to do so, Medical Device Network reported.

In comparison, Google’s AI system can ascertain characteristics in mere seconds, allowing sufferers to get urgent care without delay, which could save their sight in the long run.

It stated the accuracy of AI is “on par with human retinal specialists”, allowing a greater number of patients to be screened in the same amount of time.

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