GE Healthcare announced new applications and smart devices built on Edison— a platform that helps accelerate the development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and help providers to deliver faster, more precise care. Clinical partners will use Edison to develop algorithms, and technology partners will work with GE Healthcare to bring the latest advancements in data processing to Edison applications and smart devices.

The healthcare AI market will reach $6.6 billion in 2021, and 39% of healthcare provider executives say that they’re investing in AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics. Appreciating the technology’s potential, GE Healthcare is presenting the following Edison applications and Edison-powered devices at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America:

  • AIRx: This is an AI-based, automated workflow tool for MRI brain scanning designed to increase consistency and productivity. Specifically, AIRx is designed to provide automated slice prescriptions to help reduce previously redundant, manual steps. AIRx is intended to produce images that have less variability between technologists and between scans, to help lower the chances for a patient to be recalled due to incorrect slice placement. Moreover, AIRx features a pre-trained neural network model that leverages deep learning algorithms and anatomy recognition based on a database of over 36,000 images sourced from clinical studies and reference sites. Currently FDA 510(k) pending, this is not available for sale.
  • Critical Care Suite on Optima XR240amx: This technology, which is FDA 510(k) pending and not currently available for sale, is designed to identify cases with the critical condition of pneumothorax at the point-of-care to enable prioritization of image review. Critical Care Suite will employ a suite of AI algorithms, such as pneumothorax detection, designed to identify this potentially life-threatening condition in chest x-rays with high accuracy. Specifically, the AI algorithms are hosted on the mobile x-ray system—designed to share the output through an onscreen notification. When a pneumothorax condition is identified, the point-of-care notification alerts the clinical team, enabling prioritization of image review. The AI results are sent to PACS for review of the critical findings by a radiologist.
  • CT Smart Subscription: This provides continuous access to the latest CT software, extending the lifecycle of the device and making it more valuable over time. Applications can be selected based on a hospital or health system’s specific needs, with options ranging from intracranial hemorrhage and stroke detection to routine dose reduction and optimization to cardiac function assessment.
  • Automated Lesion Segmentation on LOGIQ E10: This increases productivity through automation. It’s well known that Ultrasound users experience significant ergonomic challenges due to repetitive exam steps. Automated Lesion Segmentation helps eliminate the need for the user to measure lesions manually, by segmenting an identified breast, thyroid or liver lesion and automatically providing a trace of the lesion and corresponding area. This feature also helps ensure consistency among different users, or even the same user, for documentation and follow-ups.

For hospital executives, the Edison platform allows GE Healthcare to add value to its millions of installed medical devices with smart workflows, company officials say. Clinicians who use Edison applications, which were built using Edison services, can be assured by the fact that algorithms were developed with and validated by top clinical and technology partners. Moreover, developers who use Edison will benefit from a common integrated platform that brings together globally diverse data from across modalities, vendors and care settings, GE Healthcare officials conclude.