AI and x-ray combine in TB screening project in Nigeria

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Radiology vendors Fujifilm Healthcare and are partnering to combine their x-ray and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support tuberculosis (TB) screening in rural areas of Nigeria.

The companies are working with the Institute of Human Virology in Nigeria (IHVN) to deploy handheld x-ray systems with embedded AI technology as part of tuberculosis screening outreach efforts in the country. The project has the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

In the project, Fujifilm's FDR Xair portable handheld x-ray system will be used in combination with's qXR algorithms as part of rural mass testing programs to provide portable TB screening with high accuracy and efficiency at the point of care. Fujifilm and began working together to combine their technology in 2021.

The companies note that tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa; it is also the most opportunistic coinfection alongside HIV. The project also intends to detect drug-resistant tuberculosis and coinfections with HIV, and it covers contact tracing of presumptive TB cases to curb contagion and bring more cases into the national TB reporting system.

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