A SYSTEM FOR COMPUTER-AIDED DIAGNOSIS.
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE PROJECT MAC
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The thesis describes a model diagnostic problem and a computer program designed to deal with this problem. The model diagnostic problem is an abstract problem. A major contention of this thesis, however, is that this problem subsumes the principal features of a number of ostensibly different real diagnostic problems including certain problems of medical diagnosis and the diagnosis of machine failures. A second major contention of this thesis is that strategies for the solution of the model diagnostic problem can be formulated in terms sufficiently explicit to permit their incorporation in a computer program. The diagnostic program was implemented on the time-sharing system at Project MAC. It was applied to two medical problems, the diagnosis of congenital heart disease, and the diagnosis of primary bone tumors. The results obtained here suggest 1 that a computer program can be of considerable value as a diagnostic tool, and 2 that it is quite advantageous for such a program to perform sequential diagnosis as it interacts with the user. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware
- Computer Systems