According to the University of Copenhagen, Artificial Intelligence Systems are now used to increase the efficacy of sleep disorder treatments.
Sleep disorders, including difficulty sleeping, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea are only some of the most common problems that many people suffer from. They sometimes take a toll on their mental and physical health.
However, various forms of sleep disorders remain undiagnosed, and sometimes, treatments do not work as effectively as researchers hope.
As a resolution, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen decided to collaborate with the Danish Center for Sleep Medicine found in the Danish hospital, Rigs Hospital. This collaboration aims to develop an Artificial Intelligence System algorithm that could improve sleep disorder diagnosis and treatments, and better understand the disorders.
Artificial Intelligence - What is its Role?
According to Medical Xpress, the researchers are planning to create an Artificial Intelligence algorithm with exceptional precision.
Mathias Perslev of the Department of Computer Science, and the lead author of the actual study, mentioned in the "Digital Medicine" journal that they have already completed several tests. These tests proved how the algorithm's performance is on par with some of the best doctors who specialize in sleep disorders.
The current first step for sleep disorder examinations typically involves the patient's admittance to a registered sleep clinic. The patient's night sleep will be monitored with the use of numerous measuring instruments.
Afterward, a sleep disorder specialist will look at the seven to eight hours of data that the patient's overnight sleep will provide.
The specialist will then proceed with the manual division of the patient's sleep into 30-second intervals, categorized into their specific sleep phases, such as REM sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, and others.
The process is a time-consuming task for humans. But for the Artificial Intelligence algorithm, it will only take seconds to finish the painstaking task.
Poul Jennun, a professor of Neurophysiology, and the Head Doctor at the Danish Center for Sleep Medicine, recently said that the project allows them to prove that the measurements can be safely done with the help of machine learning. By utilizing Artificial Intelligence, the specialist can provide many hours of work, and more patients can be helped.
Comprehensive Range Help of Artificial Intelligence
The Artificial Intelligence algorithm will start to function across several patient groups and sleep clinics.
The researchers behind the new development can ensure optimal functionality by collecting data from various sources. The research study has currently collected 20,000-night sleep from the U.S. and several European countries. The data within their possession are used to trail the new AI algorithm.
Indeed, this kind of achievement is probably one of the best challenges that the medical data analysis field has ever surpassed.
The researchers are now hoping that the new AI algorithm will be of great help to doctors and researchers worldwide.
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Written by Fran Sanders