COVID-19 X-rays Detector
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with a starting point in China, has spread rapidly among people living in other countries, and is approaching approximately more than 800,000 cases worldwide according to the statistics of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. There are a limited number of COVID-19 test kits available in hospitals due to the increasing cases daily. Therefore, it is necessary to implement an automatic detection system as a quick alternative diagnosis option to prevent COVID-19 spreading among people.
Example of an X-ray image taken from a patient with a positive test for COVID-19. Using X-ray images we can train a machine learning classifier to detect COVID-19 using Keras and TensorFlow. COVID-19 tests are currently hard to come by — there are simply not enough of them and they cannot be manufactured fast enough, which is causing panic.
Given that there are limited COVID-19 testing kits, we need to rely on other diagnosis measures.
For this project, I thought to explore X-ray images as doctors frequently use X-rays and CT scans to diagnose pneumonia, lung inflammation, abscesses, and/or enlarged lymph nodes.
Since COVID-19 attacks the epithelial cells that line our respiratory tract, we can use X-rays to analyze the health of a patient’s lungs.
And given that nearly all hospitals have X-ray imaging machines, it could be possible to use X-rays to test for COVID-19 without the dedicated test kits.
A drawback is that X-ray analysis requires a radiology expert and takes significant time — which is precious when people are sick around the world. Therefore developing an automated analysis system is required to save medical professionals valuable time.
We have also build a web app to detect COVID-19 from chest X-rays of patients
You can check out here: http://covid-19xraydetector.azurewebsites.net/