Baguio City uses new diagnostic system by Chinese tech giant, Huawei to screen probable cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Wednesday.
The AI-assisted system was a tie-up project between Huawei Cloud and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. It was specifically developed for COVID-19 with the aim to deliver fast and accurate results of CT (computer tomography) scans in diagnosing early cases of the disease.
On February 4, 2020, the national health commission of China started to make use of CT scans as part of their standard clinical diagnoses. A CT scan is a medical procedure that uses combinations of X-rays and a computer to create images of organs, tissues, and bones.
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The computing capabilities of the Huawei COVID-19 CT scanner can yield results a “dozen times faster” than manual image evaluation, and can analyze these results with 98% accuracy.
Expectantly, this new technology will help defy the increasing number of cases worldwide by early detection.
As of now, the Philippine arm of Huawei is already working with local hospitals to get the system in place. It is currently being offered for free to designated hospitals.
To avail, hospitals can send an email to Huawei or visit the website huaweicloud.com.