AI-based mobile application to fight antibiotic resistance

  25 February 2021

Antimicrobial resistance is a major global health threat and its development is promoted by antibiotic misuse. While disk diffusion antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST, also called antibiogram) is broadly used to test for antibiotic resistance in bacterial infections, it faces strong criticism because of inter-operator variability and the complexity of interpretative reading. Automatic reading systems address these issues, but are not always adapted or available to resource-limited settings. We present an artificial intelligence (AI)-based, offline smartphone application for antibiogram analysis. The application captures images with the phone’s camera, and the user is guided throughout the analysis on the same device by a user-friendly graphical interface. An embedded expert system validates the coherence of the antibiogram data and provides interpreted results. 

Further reading: Nature Communications
Author(s): Marco Pascucci, Guilhem Royer, Jakub Adamek, Mai Al Asmar, David Aristizabal, Laetitia Blanche, Amine Bezzarga, Guillaume Boniface-Chang, Alex Brunner, Christian Curel, Gabriel Dulac-Arnold, Rasheed M. Fakhri, Nada Malou, Clara Nordon, Vincent Runge, Franck Samson, Ellen Sebastian, Dena Soukieh, Jean-Philippe Vert, Christophe Ambroise & Mohammed-Amin Madoui
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