After the completion of the birth process, some doctors sometimes examine the placenta, which is an organ inside the uterus that is attached 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 has to be performed by specialized doctors and takes a long time, and therefore medical staff 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 have 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 “PhysDot Org” website, which specializes in technology, quoted the researcher Daniel Claymer as saying, “The invented algorithm helps doctors examine the laboratory slides after imaging them and store the images on the computer, so that they can determine the health status of the placenta.”
And since it is difficult for a computer to examine and evaluate the full 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 of each of these vessels individually in order to determine whether it is in good health or not. .
The program can also 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 dispense with specialized 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 them.”