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X-Ray Setu plans to on-board 10K doctors for COVID detection in rural areas

The chest X-ray of a person is uploaded by the doctor or radiologist on Whatsapp bot of X-Ray setu.

New Delhi: Artificial intelligence-based X-Ray Setu, which operates through Whatsapp, plans to onboard 10,000 doctors in small towns and rural areas where RT-PCR tests and CT-scans are not available to detect COVID-19 cases, a senior official of AI and robotics body Artpark said.

Non-profit organisation Artpark CEO Umakant Soni said that X-Ray Setu, developed in collaboration with start-up Niramai and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), detects COVID-19 with the help of simple X-ray which is processed using an AI system in the backend without charging any fee at present.

The chest X-ray of a person is uploaded by the doctor or radiologist on Whatsapp bot of X-Ray setu which analyses the image and generates a report in 10-15 minutes.

Soni said that the technology has been operational since last one week and 500 doctors have come on board to use it.

‘We are planning to create a strong network of 10,000 doctors in the next 15 days who are trained in leveraging XraySetu, so that when the third COVID wave comes, we are ready with solutions that can reach doctors in rural areas,’ Soni said.

IISc promoted Artpark has received support of Rs 230 crore from Department of Science and Technology under National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems and Karnataka government, to develop AI and robotics facilities to support technology innovations.

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