Employing artificial intelligence techniques to maintain the mother’s reproductive health


After the completion of the birth process, some doctors sometimes examine the placenta, which is an organ inside the uterus that is connected to the fetus and comes out after childbirth, to ensure that there are no risks to the mother in the event of another pregnancy in the future.

But this process must be performed by specialized doctors, and it takes a long time, and therefore, medical teams often neglect to do this step after the completion of the birth. But a research team from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the United States has created a new artificial intelligence technology that can examine lab slices containing placenta tissue, in order to identify any health problems the mother may have.

The website “Vizdot Org”, a technology specialist, quoted the researcher Daniel Climer as saying: “Doctors are training for years to learn how to detect medical problems in the placenta, and in many cases births occur in hospitals without a placenta examination.” The invented algorithm helps doctors examine lab slides after imaging them and store the images on a computer, so that they can determine the health status of the placenta.

Given that it is difficult for a computer to examine and evaluate the complete picture of the placenta, the new technique depends on the program to first identify all the blood vessels inside the placenta, and then perform an examination for each of these vessels individually, in order to determine whether it is in good health. First.

The program is also able to conduct an assessment of the mother’s health status after childbirth, and whether she has any diseases or health problems.

The researchers emphasized that this technology could reduce the cost of performing placental examinations in the future, making this health service available to all mothers after childbirth. But Claymer stresses that «this algorithm will not lead to dispensing with the specialist doctors in the near future, but may help them to speed up the examination processes by identifying the places of injury or disease that require the specialists to pay more attention to».


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