AI used to study brain blood flow ties to Schizophrenia


Mina Gheiratmand,  Serdar Dursun, and University of Alberta colleagues used IBM AI tools to try to  identify schizophrenic traits based on a person’s brain blood flow.

95 participant  fMRI images of schizophrenia-diagnosed and healthy patient brains were analyzed.  The researchers claimed to accurately diagnose patients, based on blood flow, 74% of the time. They also claimed to be able to measure the severity of symptoms.

A much larger sample size will be required to determine the validity of this approach to understanding a disease that so little is known about.  ApplySci applauds this perhaps promising attempt.