Coronavirus: University of Dayton Research Institute scientist develops new technology to detect virus within seconds

Coronavirus: University of Dayton Research Institute scientist develops new technology to detect virus within seconds

DAYTON — A scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute, Barath Narayanan, has developed a software that allows the coronavirus to be detected within seconds by doing a chest X-ray.

Barath Narayanan
Barath Narayanan

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The software uses an algorithm that searches for markings on X-rays indicating whether or not there is a presence of the coronavirus with 98 percent accuracy, according to a release sent by a software development company Blue Eye Soft.

Srikanth Kodeboyina who is an alumnus of the University of Dayton and the owner of a start up company, Blue Eye Soft, located in Greenville, South Carolina, licensed the software developed by Narayanan.

Srikanth Kodeboyina
Srikanth Kodeboyina

The new technology was adapted from existing medical diagnostic software in a matter of hours, then licensed in less than three days, the release said.

“The university has been working to execute technology licenses quickly, but completing an agreement between UD and Blue Eye Soft in only two and a half days was unprecedented,” said UD vice president for research John Leland.

Kodeboyina further developed the software with his team of 40 staff members.

Blue Eye Soft has also been virtually meeting with 100 professionals based in Singapore, India, and across the U.S., so they can all contribute their expertise in artificial intelligence, medical licensing, cybersecurity and other related fields, to help expedite the development of the product, they said.

The company is planning to make a full proposal to the FDA within days.