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Hanoi hospitals trial Vingroup’s AI-based solution in medical imaging analysis

An artificial intelligence (AI)-based medical image analysis solution developed by Vietnamese engineers has been put into use on a trial basis at three major hospitals in Vietnam in order to help doctors make accurate and quick decisions in diagnostic imaging.

The new solution, named VinDr, has been researched and developed by the Vingroup Big Data Institute (VinBDI) since the end of 2018.

Vingroup is Vietnam’s leading conglomerate, operating in several fields including real estate, entertainment, technology, healthcare, and education.

From June 19, the AI VinDr medical image analysis solution has been deployed for a two-month trial at three major hospitals in Hanoi, namely 108 Military Central Hospital, Hanoi Medical University Hospital, and Vinmec Times City International Hospital.

In the immediate operation, the VinDr solution will perform two functions, including diagnosis of lung diseases on chest radiography and diagnosis of breast cancer on X-ray images.

It is capable of four additional functions, including diagnosis of lung cancer on tomography (CT) images, diagnosis of liver cancer on CT images, diagnosis of stroke on CT images, and diagnosis of brain tumors on magnetic resonance imaging – all of which will be deployed in 2021, according to the VinBDI website.

VinDr plays the role of providing objective consultation, ensuring that small details are not missed, and helping doctors have enough data to make the best decision. 

In particular, with the ability to self-optimize over time, the AI ​​algorithm will be constantly trained and improved by experienced medical imaging experts.

Dr. Nguyen Quy Ha, head of the Medical Imaging Department at VinBDI, delivers a presentation on the AI VinDr medical image analysis solution. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Dr. Nguyen Quy Ha, head of the Medical Imaging Department at VinBDI, delivers a presentation on the AI VinDr medical image analysis solution. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Besides diagnosis, VinDr can also automatically pinpoint suspected lesions and point out anomalies with an average accuracy of over 90 percent.

The software boasts a high processing speed. It is capable of analyzing a chest X-ray image in under one second and a diagnostic mammogram in under five seconds.

Specially, VinDr can also diagnose different cases simultaneously.

During the trial period, VinBDI will install and support the use of the software and collect doctors’ evaluation before proceeding to a large-scale application.

“Early detection of cancer through diagnostic imaging plays an important role in the disease treatment. The application of AI in this field will create an effective tool to support screening programs for cancer or other incurable diseases in the future. We assess that VinDr is among the top in the field of diagnostic imaging support,” Dr. Le Tuan Linh, head of the Imaging Department at Hanoi Medical University Hospital, told VinBDI.

According to VinBDI, there are about 15,000 new breast cancer cases, of which 70 percent are detected at late stages, in Vietnam every year.

Meanwhile, there are two million newly-detected breast cancer cases and more than 500,000 deaths related to the disease in the world each year.

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346 Vietnamese citizens brought from US amid COVID-19 pandemic

A total of 346 Vietnamese citizens are brought home safe from the US on Thursday. — Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HÀ NỘI — A total of 346 Vietnamese citizens were brought home safely from the US on Thursday.

The flight was arranged by domestic agencies, the Vietnamese Embassy in the US, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, and US agencies.

Passengers were mostly children, pregnant women, students who face difficulties in accommodation and visa extension, and some businesspeople and experts.

To help citizens complete necessary procedures, the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC sent officials to Dulles airport.

Preventive measures were taken during the flight. After landing at Hà Nội’s Nội Bài International Airport, crew members and passengers had their body temperature checked and were quarantined as regulated.

Under the Prime Minister’s instruction, Vietnamese authorities and representative offices abroad will continue conducting more flights to bring Vietnamese citizens home, based on the citizens’ aspirations and quarantine capacity in localities.

Gifts to New York City

Customs procedures for two tonnes of Vietnamese-made antibacterial cloth and surgical facemasks, a gift from Hà Nội to New York City, have been completed to hand over to New York City, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in the US and Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

On behalf of the New York government and people, the New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena, on Thursday conveyed gratitude to the Hà Nội authorities and people, saying the move was very practical as New York City is still struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, head of the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, said that he hoped the gift of Hà Nội’s people will contribute a small part to help New Yorkers overcome the pandemic.

The ambassador also expected New York City and Hà Nội to have more opportunities for co-operation in the future, especially between businesses, to promote economic and social development and overcome the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. —


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Lives of foreign inmates in Vietnam prison

A prison in south-central Vietnam is helping foreign convicts prepare for a life of freedom, the Vietnam News Agency recently reported.

The Thu Duc (Z30D) prison in Binh Thuan Province is home to nearly 200 foreign prisoners from 21 different countries and territories, including eight inmates with unspecified nationality, according to Colonel Pham Thi Minh Hai, the prison’s deputy warden.

Nearly every aspect of prison life for foreign inmates, including living conditions, healthcare, assessment, emulation, and family visitation are governed by a set of Vietnamese laws similar to those regulating life for Vietnamese convicts.

The foreign prisoners at Z30D are housed in a set of barracks surrounded by trees and flowers. Each is cleaned daily, well lit, and equipped with a television and full range of essential personal items.

Other goods can be bought using money from the prion’s deposit service, which allows family and friends to directly transfer money to prisoners’ accounts.

Prisoners who were not able to receive money due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are being financially supported by the prison.

John Nguyen, an American prisoner 19 years into his sentence, told the Vietnam News Agency that, all things considered, he has had a relatively good experience at Z30D thanks to its friendly environment and staff.

Nguyen’s sentiments were echoed by fellow inmate Nicholas Stars, a 42-year-old Nigerian national who has spent the last five years of his 15-year sentence studying Vietnamese.

“Overall, it’s very good,” he said. “I have ten more years, but I’ll try to finish sooner.”

A prisoner in Vietnam can have their prison sentence reduced if they maintain a good rehabilitation record, according to the current law on execution of criminal judgments.

Stars’ ability to spout fluent Vietnamese is not an anomaly amongst the foreigners at Z30D.

Those serving their jail terms are taught the Vietnamese language as well as the country’s culture and legal and civic systems.

Mohd Hafiz Gomez Bin Abdullah, a Malaysian male prisoner whose sentence has been reduced seven times since his conviction, shared that life in Z30D has transformed him from an unruly inmate to a man capable of making positive contributions to society.  

Part of the rehabilitation program at the prison involves vocational training, academic education, art, and sports. 

“I’ve won the top prizes in table tennis competitions many times at the camp,” said Li Chun Ying, a Chinese female inmate.

“I speak little Vietnamese, but I really want to thank the board of supervisors and officials because they’ve made me feel like family.”  

Preayamooch, a female inmate from Thailand, said that the living conditions at Z30D were nothing like she had imagined.

According to Preayamooch, foreigners are entitled to the same treatment as their Vietnamese counterparts and are even allowed heartier meals during the Lunar New Year and their home country’s National Day.

The prisoners are also given regular medical check-ups and can take a rest from penal labor when they are sick. 

So, how do Vietnam’s foreign inmates plan to spend their post-prison life? 

For some, like Preayamooch, freedom might mean making use of newfound skills to better both themselves and those around them.

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Transport minister wants to fix airport overloading

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has sent an urgent dispatch to order agencies to fix shortcomings in taking-off and landing slots for aeroplanes at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports.

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Aeroplanes at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Planes currently have to queue for up to an hour to take off and fly around for dozens of minutes to wait to land as the two major airports have temporarily closed one runway each for repairs since June 29, he said.

The asked the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to evenly divide slots for taking off and landing at every time of day to fix the situation.

He also told relevant agencies to increase the number of flights at nearby airports such as Cat Bi and Thanh Hoa or Can Tho and Cam Ranh to reduce overloading on Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat.

The civil aviation authority was asked to strictly deal with airlines that failed to take off and land at their appointed times, he added.

The agency was told to work with relevant parties to notify passengers about their flight, check-in time and encourage passengers to book flights from and to nearby airports instead of Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports to reduce overloading and congestion, he said.

The slots for taking off and landing will be revoked if any airline is found to change the registered taking off and landing time, he said.

The projects to upgrade runways in Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City cost more than 4 trillion VND (171.5 million USD) and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021./.VNA


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