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Computer-Aided Interpretation of Routine Health Examinations

  • P. Leduc
  • J. Zanazaka
  • J. P. Monneau

Abstract

The Center for Preventive Medicine (CMP) carries out 60 000 routine health examinations each year. An “expert system” is being developed to assist doctors in interpreting these check-ups: it discerns anomalies, compiles them, determines risks and diagnoses, proposes investigations and questions to be asked to patients, indicates behavior modifications and desirable actions. For this, we use a rule-based system generator using a forward chaining inferencing scheme. The usefulness of the system has to do with the great diversity of disorders encountered because the system can access knowledge, that exceeds that of the doctor, who cannot be a specialist in every field. Above all, the system turns to account reference values and numerous factors of variation, in particular, medicational, much more precisely than a doctor would be able to do. The current prototype is being expanded, since it presently exploits only a part of the results.

The social security legislation in France gives its members and their dependants the right to regular medical checkups. At the CMP, there are two stages to the ckeck-up:
  • the pre-clinical examination, both biological and functional

  • the clinical examination, two weeks later, leading to the doctor’s synthesis of the complete medical results.

The check-ups are carried out in a family setting: father, mother and children are invited to attend. The proposed system is aimed at assisting the practitioner in the interpretation of the biological and functional examinations in order that he may arrive at a syntheses.

Keywords

Serum Uric Acid Preventive Medicine Family Setting Desirable Action Current Prototype 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Leduc
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Zanazaka
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. P. Monneau
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Center for Preventive MedicineVandoeuvreFrance

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