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Chinese Hospital in Guangdong deploys AI cameras to detect blindness-causing diseases

January 14, 2019 / Dean Koh

Last week, Deqing county hospital in Guangdong Province launched free consultations featuring artificial-intelligence (AI) cameras to detect ocular fundus diseases, which are major causes of blindness, according to a report by Xinhua News. About 300 residents from Zhaoqing City in Dequing County attended the free consultation sessions. The hospital became the first to use the device, co-developed by China's search engine Baidu and Sun Yat-sen University, to serve the general public. The instrument is capable of diagnosing three types of fundus disorders -- diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It scans the eyes and generates a report in 10 seconds, all done without the need for an ophthalmologist to be present. Baidu’s AI-powered camera was first unveiled in China in November 2018, according to a MobiHealth News article.