Vertigo is a common but under-treated medical condition that affects up to 40% of people at some point in their lives. Currently, the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo-causing conditions is done primarily by specialists who represent only 1% of the doctors in Australia, but AI could change this.
Dr Allison Young has recently received a junior fellowship from The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation to address this. Her project, in collaboration with clinicians, data scientists and statisticians, will use machine learning and AI techniques to develop a “virtual expert” diagnostic tool to assist the diagnosis of vertigo-causing conditions in the hospital emergency room, general practice, and in outpatient clinics.
Cosmos chatted to Young about the tool and its diagnostic possibilities.
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Ellen Phiddian is a science journalist at Cosmos. She has a BSc (Honours) in chemistry and science communication, and an MSc in science communication, both from the Australian National University.
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