Having chest pains? It almost sounds too good to be true, but the invention of a 22-year old near Cincinnati may be about to completely change how quickly you can be diagnosed.
His name is Peeyush Shrivastava, and as my aunt would say, he’s rather “advanced”. While his peers may have been flipping burgers, as a budding young scientist and entrepreneur he developed a 3-D heart-scanner that can diagnose conditions like heart disease and heart attacks in under 90 seconds.
Shrivastava founded his company Genetesis along with two high school friends, Vineet Erasala and Manny Setegn. Together, they invented the scanner they call Faraday. It works by using artificial intelligence to create thousands of 3-D maps of a patient’s heart.
Sound amazing? It truly is.
One of the great advantages the Faraday presents is its speed. Through images obtained by the scanner, doctors can quickly diagnose whether a patient is suffering from cardiac problems, or something else. People often visit the hospital with disruptions caused by indigestion, anxiety and muscle problems unrelated to the heart, worried that something life-threatening is wrong. But often, those worries are unfounded.
In fact, according to a recent study found in JAMA Internal Medicine, about 8 million people visit emergency rooms throughout the U.S with chest pain every year, but only 6% of these visitors are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as a heart attack.
And if something serious is taking stage, it can take a while to get results. Current tests for a heart problems can take up to 28 hours to complete. They can involves things like completing blood tests and EKGs, taking X-rays, and having you run a treadmill stress test. Nothing too simple.
With the Faraday however, it’s a different story. You don’t even have to take your shirt off to get results.
“You can hold sensors right above the chest and still get that high-quality signal. No radiation. No contact… nothing,” says Shrivastava.
Getting It in Hospitals
So, is it ready to go? Not quite yet. Dr. Margarita Pena, a researcher and emergency physician at St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit is currently the lead investigator running pilot studies on the device.
But results are looking good. It all comes down to precision.
“If it’s (the machine’s) just as accurate as a stress test,” Dr. Pena told CNN, “it will cut down the patient’s length of stay, costs to hospitals, and it will be safer because it could cut down on risks like hospital-acquired infections, radioactive dye and possible treadmill injury.”
Fingers crossed for a win-win situation, and nicely done, gentlemen.
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