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Researchers Develop an App That Detects Mpox
App recognizes suspected mpox rashes using artificial intelligence
A new app developed by scientists at Stanford Medicine and other institutions can detect skin lesions caused by mpox, previously known as monkeypox, in images with an accuracy of 90%, the researchers found in a study. To analyze images, the app uses a type of artificial intelligence that was trained and evaluated on a large data set of about 130,000 images of various skin conditions.
The free, open-source app, called PoxApp, allows users to take pictures of skin lesions using their smartphones, answer a few questions and receive a risk score with recommendations, such as mpox testing or post-exposure vaccination, in less than five minutes.
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