Column 1 and 2 show lung ultrasounds without and with annotated COVID-19 biomarkers (orange: moderate, red: severe). Columns 3 and 4 respectively show the semantic segmentations and contours of COVID-19 markers by means of deep learning analysis.

Establishing whether a patient is suffering from severe lung disease, possibly COVID-19, within a few minutes: this is possible using fairly simple ultrasound machines that are enhanced with artificial intelligence. A research team at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the University of Trento in Italy has been able to translate the expertise of top lung specialists into a software update for these ultrasound machines. This enables relative laymen to interpret the images in a manageable and comparatively inexpensive manner, just like the world’s best lung experts.

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