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Software allows accurate visual diagnosis

Software (VisualDx) is now available that helps doctors visually diagnose certain conditions. Scans, blood and urine tests can take up to 48 hours for results whereas the software can result in diagnosis in minutes. The software shows detailed pictures of physical displays of symptoms. The software also provides information about possible misdiagnoses and further tests and treatments. For example, the software can help disseminated herpes being misdiagnosed as smallpox. Smallpox causes blisters similar to those caused by the herpes in people suffering from AIDS or who have a compromised immune system due to cancer. The software has a huge potential to save lives. For example, a 4 year old boy was taken to hospital suffering from fever, swollen lymph glands, diffuse rash, cracked lips and peeling skin around fingernails. The boy had already been misdiagnosed but the doctor managed to correctly diagnose Kawasaki's syndrome with assistance from the software. Kawasaki's syndrome is a rare condition affecting the heart which can lead to aneurysm and death.

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About: Software allows accurate visual diagnosis

Date: 15 December 2004

Source: CBS News

URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/15/health/main661308.shtml

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