Biopartnering Seminar Series - `Anatomical Intelligence' Tools in Radiology: How Can We Improve Adoption?

Cardeana - Nov 11th
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6:30pm

Due to an aging population, there has been an increasing volume of referrals for ultrasound imaging procedures. With a compounded annual growth rate of 6.2%, the ultrasound device market itself is expected to reach $8.1 billion by 2017. Historically, the evolution of ultrasound has relied heavily on advances in computing power; however, recent hardware advancements only offer incremental benefits. Limitations still exist in conventional ultrasound imaging, most notably in variation of the quality of images acquired by different users and time required to image and diagnose a patient correctly. These limitations can potentially be addressed through applications of computer software. By integrating adaptive machine learning and pattern recognition algorithms, an ultrasound system can essentially be “taught” to recognize anatomical features, aiding the ultrasound operator in image acquisition and quantitative analysis.

As the development of ultrasound hardware has reached a plateau, the next significant innovation in ultrasound imaging lies in software enhancements, with adaptive learning systems playing a key role. This novel ultrasound software employs machine learning and pattern recognition by utilizing a database of anatomical features, allowing for faster, more accurate imaging with improved reproducibility and workflow efficiency. Despite offering potential improvements to the ultrasound imaging procedure, including increased throughput of patients and decreased wait times, Anatomical Intelligence’s adoption in Canada has not been widespread. This talk highlights barriers to adoption of this technology and proposes a strategy to increase its acceptance within the Canadian medical community.

Presented By: Cardeana Consulting

Team Members: Nimisha Bhasin, Saniun Haque, Justine LeBlanc, Frederick To, Nicola Johnson 

Location: Instructional Centre, Room 120

All welcome! Light refreshments will be served at 6pm outside of IB120.


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