EDITORIAL URRENT The scourge of air pollution and topics in chronic PINION obstructive pulmonary disease a b Manish Joshi and Basil Varkey In November of 2017, clouds of smog smothered The application of artificial intelligence in diag- New Delhi; in some parts of the city, the Air Quality nosis of diseases ushers in a new world of great Index shot over 999 and particulate matter 2.5 possibilities. Das et al. (pp. 117 – 123) discuss the (PM2.5) index reached over 700 mg/m (both mea- application of artificial intelligence in interpreta- sures several fold the upper limits of acceptability as tion of pulmonary function tests in diagnosis of defined by the World Health Organization). Thou- obstructive pulmonary diseases and show that the sands of schools were closed. Citizens were warned diagnostic accuracy is better than conventional to remain indoors. This dire situation prompted the interpretation. Other applications of artificial intel- chief minister of the state to compare the New Delhi ligence – breath analysis, lung sound analysis, atmosphere to a ‘gas chamber.’ Air quality in many computed tomography – are also discussed. For big cities in India has been worsening over the years the uninitiated, a helpful feature in this
Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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