ACR publishes coronavirus use case to help AI researchers

The American College of Radiology Data Science Institute (ACR DSI) has shared an AI use case for the new coronavirus, publishing it just as the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

The hope is that this use case can contribute to the development of an AI model that can detect signs of COVID-19 on imaging results.

“Expert radiologists rapidly developed the use case to offer the developer community medical context—including necessary inputs, outputs and possible corollary features— or developing an AI solution to detect COVID-19,” according to a statement from the ACR DSI. “Patients with the virus present with several unique clinical characteristics. Early published reports suggest an increasing role for chest computed tomography scans in the detection and diagnosis of COVID-19.”

“Such an AI solution may prove to be a very useful application towards COVID-19 diagnosis and containment,” Eric Stern, MD, chair of the ACR DSI Thoracic Panel, said in the same statement.