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Facebook to make MRI scans faster using AI

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FacebookTo revolutionise MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, Facebook is likely to start a new research project based on artificial intelligence (AI).

The company has been granted access to around 3 million MRI images from 10,000 clinical cases and makes MRI scans up to 10 times faster.

The project is HIPPA privacy regulations complaint and the data has had patient names removed and other protected health information, said Facebook in an announcement blog post.

The project is a collaborative effort of Facebook’s FAIR AI research lab and New York University School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology.

Generally, MRI scans are lengthy affairs and Facebook is claiming that time can be shortened by using AI to capture less data, which is more favorable for the scanning process.

“Using AI, it may be possible to capture less data and therefore scan faster, while preserving or even enhancing the rich information content of magnetic resonance images. The key is to train artificial neural networks to recognize the underlying structure of the images in order to fill in views omitted from the accelerated scan,” Facebook wrote in the blog post.

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