Microsoft developing software to identify cardiovascular risk

Breast care health technology company Volpara Health is collaborating with Microsoft to create technology that detects breast arterial calcifications.

Breast arterial calcifications have been associated with higher risks of heart disease. The research collaboration will use Microsoft's Azure machine learning platform to create a tissue map of breast arterial calcifications from a mammogram, according to the Aug. 4 Volpara news release.

The collaboration "allows providers to connect data and look for meaningful signals through predictive analytics," said Tom McGuinness, corporate vice president, global healthcare and life sciences at Microsoft. "Through this technology, physicians can identify cardiac risk in patients who may not be aware that they're at higher risk, empowering them and their provider to take proactive steps toward their health."

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