Recently, the Scientists have come up with the latest usage of AI. They proudly announce the development of an AI system, which can assess the maturity of a preterm infant’s brain, an advanced system that would help to plan the best possible care for the baby.
The researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital in Finland have developed a software based on machine learning, which can clearly and independently interpret EEG signals from a premature infant and built an estimation of the brain’s functional maturity.
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As per the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, a large number of EEG data on preterm infants has been fed into a computer, and now this software has calculated hundreds of computational features from each measurement, without any kind of interference from the doctor.
The researchers here have also put forward that with the help of a support vector machine algorithm, these features were combined to generate a reliable estimate of the EEG maturational age of the infant.
Speaking of reliability, this method is definitely more precise than any other contemporary understood methods of evaluating the development of an infant’s brain, enabling the automatic and objective monitoring of a premature infant’s brain development.
To this, Sampsa Vanhatalo from the University of Helsinki regarded that, “We currently track the development of an infant’s weight, height and head circumference with growth charts”.
The researcher further added that EEG monitoring combined with automatic analysis provides a practical tool for the monitoring of the neurological development of preterm infants and generates information which will help plan the best possible care for the individual child.
Lastly, the group of scientists concluded that “This method gives us a first-time opportunity to track the most crucial development of a preterm infant, the functional maturation of the brain, both during and after intensive care”.