Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

India: AI for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, in partnership with a hospital, have created an artificial intelligence (AI) tool capable of recognising the median nerve in ultrasound videos and diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Image credits: Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru

CTS occurs when the median nerve, travelling from the forearm to the hand, is compressed at the carpal tunnel part of the wrist. This compression leads to numbness, tingling, or pain. CTS is a prevalent nerve-related condition, particularly impacting individuals who perform repetitive hand movements, such as office workers using keyboards, assembly line employees, and athletes.

Presently, physicians use ultrasound for visualising the median nerve and assessing factors such as its size, shape, and potential irregularities. However, distinguishing details in ultrasound images and videos is challenging compared to X-rays and MRI scans.

According to a researcher, at the wrist, the nerve is quite visible, and its boundaries are clear. However, when examining the elbow region, numerous other structures are present, making the nerve boundaries less distinct. The accurate tracking of the median nerve is crucial, especially for treatments involving local anesthesia administration to the forearm or blocking the median nerve to alleviate pain.

In creating their tool, the team used a machine learning model using a transformer architecture, akin to the technology driving ChatGPT. Initially designed to simultaneously identify numerous objects on an online video-sharing and social media platform, the team streamlined the model by eliminating computationally intensive components and narrowing its focus to tracking a single object—the median nerve in this instance.

Working with the lead consultant neurologist at the hospital, the team collected and annotated ultrasound videos from both healthy individuals and those with CTS to train the model. Once trained, the model successfully segmented the median nerve into individual frames of the ultrasound video.

Additionally, the model demonstrated the capacity to automatically calculate the cross-sectional area of the nerve, a crucial factor in diagnosing CTS. Traditionally, this measurement is carried out manually by a sonographer. The tool automates this process and can measure the cross-sectional area in real-time. The tool was able to report the cross-sectional area of the median nerve with more than 95% accuracy at the wrist region.

While numerous machine learning models have been created for screening CT and MRI scans, there is a scarcity of models specifically designed for ultrasound videos, particularly in the context of nerve ultrasound.

The team initially trained the model on a single nerve, and now it plans to expand its capabilities to encompass all nerves in both the upper and lower limbs. Furthermore, the model has undergone a pilot test in the hospital. The hospital has an ultrasound machine linked to an extra monitor where the model is operational. While doctors observe the nerve, the software tool simultaneously outlines the nerve. Professionals can assess its real-time performance.

In the next phase, the team will identify ultrasound machine manufacturers interested in incorporating this tool into their systems. This type of tool can aid doctors and decrease the inference time. However, it’s essential to note that the ultimate diagnosis still requires the expertise of a physician. The findings have been published in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit