RSIP Vision, which offers medical imaging through advanced AI and computer vision solutions, unveiled a new tool for total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) planning, which performs segmentation of the shoulder bones from shoulder MRI scan.

The segmentation output undergoes super-resolution enhancement to overcome inherent MRI resolution limitations. The end-result is a high-quality, 3D model of the shoulder bones, which allows exceptional planning for TSA, without the need for a CT scan for planning. This new vendor-neutral technology is available to third-party MRI manufacturers and viewer solutions.

“Shoulder MRI scans are common in shoulder pain management healthcare, usually for soft tissue analysis,” says Ron Soferman, CEO at RSIP Vision. “Deep learning (DL) algorithms can be developed for accurate segmentation of the shoulder bones. Neural networks are trained to process the resulting segmentation into a CT-grade segmentation, improving the original MRI resolution. Further down the line this tool can be altered to segment soft tissue, as well as other anatomies. This tool improves shoulder healthcare as it removes the need for a CT scan and its accompanying radiation and cost.”

RSIP Vision’s new tool utilizes the shoulder MRI scan and automatically segments the humerus and scapula from the scan. The segmentation output goes through another neural network, trained to upgrade segmentation resolution, thus producing a super-resolution model despite the original scan limitations. This output is as-good as CT-based models, without the need for an additional scan, and can be used for procedural planning.

“As a physician, you want to reduce radiation exposure to your patient,” says Shai Factor, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Tel-Aviv Medical Center. “This new tool by RSIP Vision will utilize existing shoulder MRI scans, which we use routinely to demonstrate associated soft tissue pathologies, and will offer a radiation-free alternative to patients prior to shoulder arthroplasty, without compromising the 3D model’s quality.”

Featured image: RSIP Vision’s advanced artificial intelligence tool creates accurate and radiation-free method for TSA planning. Photo: Business Wire