The NHS has discovered a new way in which they can treat patients that are at risk of a heart attack of up to around 9 years before it strikes, and this time it is with the help of artificial intelligence. The tool, named ‘CaRi-Heart’, has been developed by Oxford University and will be able to save thousands of lives a year.

The mechanism is able to spot minute problems which would not be able to be detected by normal scans that happen on a day-to-day basis. According to Oxford University, it will be able to identify inflammation and scarring in the line of blood vessels. It is hoped that this service will be given out to up to 15 hospitals across the country, as well as supporting up to 350,000 patients each year.

A former British Heart Foundation researcher said, ‘The beauty of our technology is that it will not only save countless lives, but it is incredibly simple’.

The Chief Executive at Officer at Caristo Diagnostics says that ‘the new tool works on any CT scan with no need for further tests or special equipment’.  

This brand-new use of technology has already been offered at around 15 sites, including hospitals in Oxford and London, primarily to patients who had been suffering from chest pains.

There had already been some research found in previous years that AI technology was more accurate than doctors in diagnosing breast cancer from mammograms. All of these further developments continue to wrap around the same question regarding whether if artificial intelligence could replace doctors.