Siemens Healthineers has developed a portfolio of AI imaging solutions that foster precision medicine by helping automate and standardize routine, as well as complex diagnostics, to meet the needs of every individual patient.
The latest advances in AI open up a wide range of use cases, so we’re constantly developing areas where this technology can be applied.
Dr Anthony Chang met Joerg Aumueller of Siemens Healthineers and found out about their offering to medical imaging and radiologists.
Dr CHANG: Tell us about your exciting work at Siemens Healthineers not only in medical image interpretation but also on the whole continuum from A-Z in AI.
JOERG AUMUELLER: We mainly see three different areas for AI-powered solutions to strengthen our portfolio. The first is Acquisition and Examination.
We’re using a camera which captures infrared signals three-dimensionally. Mounted on our patients’ tables it’s using deep learning algorithms and automatically adjusts the positioning of the patient, the isocentering and scan range as required, allowing for a smarter fleet in terms of sensors and interfaces.
The second part is medical image Processing and Interpretation, i.e. looking into diagnostic tests characterized by a high volume but also low reimbursement – true for chest imaging, a multi-organ area that contains lung, heart, vertebrae, and vascular system.
AI could help to identify and highlight abnormalities in x-ray and CT images and assist radiologists to read those results.
A third category addresses Guidance and Workflow assistance tools, i.e. helping physicians determine the outline of at-risk organs prior to radiotherapy. Doing this manually is time consuming and costly. There may also be minor inter-observer variations. The algorithm provides precise sets of contours.
DR CHANG: If Siemens is doing all of this, should radiologists be worried about their jobs in the future?
JA: All those technologies we see as an assistance. Most probably a human and a machine as a combination are the best answer to solve clinical questions with the help of technology.
The use of this technology should solve some clinical problems or find biomarkers in some areas and this is where it will be most important – as an assistant to the ones who will use it in their daily clinical workflow.
Dr Chang’s Last word
This is the extension of AI from Siemens into not just imaging and medical image interpretation but the full spectrum of services that radiologist will have. For the radiologists out there: this is going to be a tremendous asset for you.