UCSF deploys AI-powered portable x-ray system

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

January 19, 2021 -- The University of California, San Francisco (USCF) said it has begun clinical use of GE Healthcare's Optima XR240amx mobile x-ray system, which features artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms developed in partnership with researchers from the university's Center for Intelligent Imaging.

The applications include an AI algorithm for pneumothorax screening that was co-developed by GE and UCSF researchers Dr. John Mongan, PhD, and Dr. Andrew Taylor, PhD. The pneumothorax algorithm received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance in 2019.

An AI algorithm developed by UCSF researchers identified a pneumothorax in a recent intensive care unit patient
An AI algorithm developed by UCSF researchers identified a pneumothorax in a recent intensive care unit patient. The red annotations were added manually to highlight the finding. Image courtesy of Dr. John Mongan, PhD, and UCSF.

Another algorithm measures the position of the endotracheal tube. It was created by Valentina Pedoia, PhD, and Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, with contributions from Dr. Thienkhai Vu, PhD, and Dr. Rutwik Shah, according to UCSF.

More algorithms developed at UCSF will be added for clinical use in the future, according to the university.


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