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The research illustrated that an AI-integrated handheld ultrasound device can detect COVID-19 with a level of precision similar to computed tomography (CT) scans even for a novice observer. In the past, diagnosing COVID-19 necessitated the use of CT scans, which were only available in specialized medical centers. This finding, however, highlights the potential to accurately diagnose COVID-19 and facilitate the transfer of patients to advanced healthcare facilities for prompt treatment, even in a resource-limited settings.

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Traditionally, CT scans that have been indispensable for COVID-19 diagnosis. During the peak of the pandemic, numerous patients were compelled to receive treatment in environments with inadequate medical resources, such as home healthcare and oxygen stations, due to the overwhelming demand on healthcare systems. As a result, some patients could not access timely and appropriate testing and treatment, leading to severe cases of the disease. This finding highlights the potential for accurately diagnosing COVID-19 in settings with limited medical resources, enabling early treatment by transferring patients to advanced medical facilities.

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This page is a summary of: Artificial intelligence-based point-of-care lung ultrasound for screening COVID-19 pneumoniae: Comparison with CT scans, PLoS ONE, March 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0281127.
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