With support from Divers Alert Network, the ultrasound lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) is experimenting with artificial intelligence (AI) to personalize decompression procedures for divers. Ultrasound imaging can be used to observe nitrogen bubbles circulating in the body after a dive. These bubbles are a marker of decompression stress and can sometimes result in decompression sickness. Observing these bubbles can help us understand individuals’ susceptibility to decompression sickness. Using AI to locate these bubbles in ultrasound videos of the heart will allow us to study how the quantity of bubbles varies in divers at several time intervals postdive.
We Need Your Help
To build and train an AI to locate bubbles requires a large database of rated postdive ultrasound videos — many more than our team can produce alone. That’s why we are looking for volunteers to help us build this database. We have developed this website so volunteers from around the world can come together and aid us in this first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing campaign.
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