‘AIChest4All’ is an AI software helping doctors to screen patients with lung cancer, Tuberculosis, chest disease accurately in one minute. This mutual research between Thammasat University’s engineering and Department of Medical Services allows Thai hospitals to use AI solving the lack of radiologist problem.
Assoc.Prof.Jaturong Tantibandit, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University (TSE), reveals that researcher team is willing to share this innovation to other hospitals in Thailand without fees. We embrace our vision that “Development by Thai for Thai to Use Free”. We support the innovation that will better Thai people’s quality of life. This innovation can screen and diagnose fast. Hospitals that are interested in this innovation must prepare qualified computer that can use and connect with this innovation.
TU Sends AI to Screen Chest Disease
Assoc.Prof.Jaturong, specialist and AI team developing, reveal that number of patients who died with Tuberculosis, lung cancer, and Arrhythmia are high. Therefore, doctors use chest x-ray to screen and diagnose chest disease related diseases. However, ‘radiologist’ who specializes in dianosing radiograph is scarce for nowadays needs. Therefore, many patients haven’t been effectively treated, especially those who live in a remote area.
Development team and medical team, including Ph.D. Namthip Manponsri, Ph.D.Sutharat Tangsakulwattana, Dr. Issara Jiaviriyaboonya, and Dr.Narong Aphikulwanitch, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, initiate ‘AIChest4All’ (DMS TU) idea. It is software that helps doctors to screen patients with lung cancer, Tuberculosis, chest disease accurately in one minute. Doctors will use AI to process patient’s radiograph through Deep Learning method in order to find any disorder and risk by heat map. As a result, doctors and public health officers can diagnose and treat patients more effectively, especially those who live in a remote area. Thai people will be able to access to diagnosing and get treated immediately.
This innovation can categorize radiograph into 6 types which are normal radiograph, Tuberculosis, Arrhythmia, lung cancer, other internal chest diseases, other external chest diseases. The innovation learns pattern of diseases from more than 200,000 radiographs of Thai people and foreigners in a proportion of 50% and 50%. The result is 94% accurate when we perform 10,000 radiographs in one minute. Moreover, it can identify radiograph into heat map according to risks of disease from 0-100%. The color gradation begins with dark green, light green, yellow, orange, and red.
Department of Medical Services Introduces New Advanced Technology
Department of Medical Services also launches ‘NCI Easy’ application that is used in the National Cancer Institute. Patients can make an appointment at home. It reduces paper use and waiting time to 2-3 minutes. In the past, patients have to arrive at the hospital early to queue up 30-60 minutes. However, older people still find this application troublesome. While National Cancer Institute launches AI technology, Prasat Neurological Institute introduces the first surgical robot for Epilepsy patient. The robot helps reduce tonic seizures in Epilepsy patients and essential tremor in Parkinson patients. We have treated 4 patients and it works effectively to reduce tonic seizures and essential tremor. We aim to use it in patients with stroke and aim to treat more than 67 patients for the celebration of King Rama 10.