According to an article published in Scientific Reports, researchers using a computer to analyze CT images of patients’ organs were able to predict their 5-year mortality with almost 70% accuracy, Medical News Today reports.

Researchers believe that computer analysis of medical images could advance precision medicine.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”

As the study authors note, precision medicine relies on the discovery of biomarkers that are accurate indicators of disease risk, response to treatment, or disease prognosis. They believe that radiology has an important role to play in this field.