Posted on Sep 14, 2009 | Comments 0
Cardiac infections like endocarditis, involves the valves and also chambers of heart at times, which can pose a serious problem for patients with implanted medical devices.
Endocarditis can be serious and even with aggressive treatment or removal of implanted device, the mortality rate with this particular cardiac infection could be as high as one in five.
Mayo clinic researchers designed a new teachable software that mimics human brain is helpful to diagnose cardiac infections without any invasive exams. The software program is named as “artificial neural network” (ANN) as it mimics the cognitive function of brain and reacts accordingly to accumulate knowledge.
M. Rizwan Sohail, M.D., a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist and leader of the study, says that if this specific novel method can help us to determine the percentage of cardiac infections, hopefully it saves significant number of patients’ discomfort from standard diagnostic procedures.
Source: Mayo Clinic
Posted in: Heart Diseases