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Race-detecting AI

Researchers, including some affiliated with IMES, trained an algorithm to identify people’s self-reported race from medical images, but they are mystified as to how it works. Doctors can’t tell a person’s race from medical images such as x-rays and CT scans. But a team including MIT researchers was able to…

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Teaching AI to ask clinical questions

Researchers, including those affiliated with IMES, have made strides toward machine-learning models that can help doctors more efficiently find information in a patient’s health record. Physicians often query a patient’s electronic health record for information that helps them make treatment decisions, but the cumbersome nature of these records hampers the…

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Design prevents buildup of scar tissue around medical implants

A new device, which doesn’t rely on immunosuppressing drugs, may assist efforts to develop an artificial pancreas to treat diabetes. Implantable devices that release insulin into the body hold promise as an alternative way to treat diabetes without insulin injections or cannula insertions. However, one obstacle that has prevented their…

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Why it’s a problem that pulse oximeters don’t work as well on patients of color

New research ties inaccuracies in pulse oximeter readings to racial disparities in treatment and outcomes. Pulse oximetry is a noninvasive test that measures the oxygen saturation level in a patient’s blood, and it has become an important tool for monitoring many patients, including those with Covid-19. But new research links…

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Making the connections between science, public health and policy

HST MEMP PhD students attended the AIMBE’s Public Policy Institute for Rising Leaders, held in the spring, which gave participants a deeper understanding of how public policy shapes biomedical engineering Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology (HST) program students who participated in the spring session of the Public Policy Institute for…

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