Pakistan may be a third world country who is facing numerous problems of poverty, economy and politics. Despite all this and even the great faults in education system, the young population of the country is a pride for us because of all their achievements. Despite inadequate resources, our students still manage to compete with the rest of the world just because of their determination and ever-increasing talent.
As we all aware of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts integrated by government and other corporation to fight and survive this outbreak. To add to the contributions, two Pakistani students have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help diagnose coronavirus amid the shortage of test kits as the government ramps up efforts to combat the virus.
As the doctors are on the front-line in the battle against the virus and the government is rushing to provide medical supplies. Aleem and his colleague, Rahul Raj, both final year students at Gulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), turned to technology to help Pakistan fight coronavirus.
How does it detect?
The AI supported detector uses a computed tomography (CT) scan of the lungs. The CT scan is with 92% confidence and detect the covid’19 in just 20 seconds. The detector does not only save time but prevents endangering other doctors’ involvement. For instance, the device performs the CT scan. It detects the virus then there is no need of a radiologist. This leads to a cost and time effective safe alternative.
The aim is to help doctors diagnose faster. This can save a lot of time spent in the initial stages of treatment. Therefore, the patients can be directed to the next process (such as quarantine or isolation) without spending hours and posing the risk of cross-infection.
Since the detector relies on medical imagery, the major limitations would be the cost of CT scans in Pakistan. The cost is around Rs. 5,000-8000, as well as the inaccessibility of the diagnostic equipment.
But again, the detector is on its testing phase and requires funds since they need more tests. The team is in desperate need of funds and support of the government. More CT scans can result in increase of accuracy of this detector. The developers say the government’s support and endorsement. This can speed up diagnosis as they are “determined to help save Pakistanis in the time of crisis.