By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 10:00 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 10:00 GMT, 14 February 2020
Artificial intelligence has accurately predicted the possibility of heart attack or stroke in a world's first.
The technology was more accurate than a doctor reading scans with traditional means, research suggests.
A study led by Barts Health NHS Trust and University College London used AI to analyse blood flow scans of more than 1,000 patients.
Researchers say it's the first time blood flow scans have been analysed in this way and could be used by medical teams to help recommend treatments.
Heart disease is the leading global cause of death and illness, with reduced blood flow a common symptom of many heart conditions.
Artificial intelligence has accurately predicted the possibility of heart attack or stroke in a world's first. It analyses patients' scans to measure blood flow
International guidelines recommend a number of assessments to measure a patient's blood flow, but many are invasive and carry risk, the study said.
Some non-invasive assessments are available, such as Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging.
But the researchers argue scan images using this technique are difficult to analyse in a precise enough manner to recommend treatment.
Professor James Moon, from Barts Health NHS Trust and University College London, said: 'Artificial intelligence is moving out of the computer labs and into the real world of