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On the episode of “ESR Connect – Radiology fighting COVID-19“, which premiered on Wednesday, April 29, European experts discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to support radiologists in coping with the challenges of this pandemic. Moderated by Helmut Prosch (Vienna, Austria), Angel Alberich-Bayarri (Valencia, Spain) and Georg Langs (Vienna, Austria), the episode gave an up-to-date educational overview of the challenges, benefits and pitfalls in the development of AI algorithms in general, and the experts dived into their personal experience in this field.

Helmut Prosch, Professor of Radiology who specialises in chest imaging from the Medical University Vienna, recently co-authored an article in European Radiology, along with the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI), on COVID-19 patients and the radiology department, which you can read here.

Angel Alberich-Bayarri is a biomedical engineer and founder of QUIBIM, a spin-off company of the La Fe Research Institute in Valencia dedicated to quantitative imaging biomarkers in medicine. Alberich-Bayarri explained how AI and radiomics can be useful tools in the detection and follow-up of COVID-19.

Head of the Computational Image Analysis and Radiology Lab (CIR) at the Medical University of Vienna, Georg Langs is a trained mathematician and computer scientist. His research focusses on machine learning and medical image analysis, and on Wednesday’s episode, he presented a European multicenter trial that has been set up together with his university’s spin-off company, contextflow, to help predict the course of COVID-19 in patients.

This episode can now be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

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