Things to Consider Before Selecting Imaging Systems
By MedTech Outlook | Monday, April 22, 2019
Healthcare technologies have seen significant advancements with the evolution of intelligent digital solutions. Healthcare service providers are implementing these technology tools to serve their patients more efficiently.
The introduction of new imaging systems has helped to transform the ultrasound technology, assisting the hospitals to increase productivity and patient throughput without sacrificing quality. Here are a few things for hospitals to consider before implementing new imaging systems:
Integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI tools can help to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks with high accuracy. These tools can also assist in quantification and picking out the ideal image slice from a 3-D dataset. Many companies have started integrating AI algorithms in the backend of their ultrasound systems to speed up the workflow without compromising on accuracy. For instance, Siemens integrated AI Algorithm in their eSie Flow valve analysis software to enhance the efficiency of 3-D heart valve assessments. AI tools can help cardiologists by indicating the specific structure, and automatically pulling all the images with that view, or identify particular anatomy and function of the heart.
Enhanced Ultrasound Workflow: Modern ultrasound imaging systems and their connected reporting systems can streamline the entire ultrasound workflow, which can help to speed up the healthcare process. These systems offer various features like fewer dropdown menus, fewer keystrokes, faster processing times, and the automation or semi-automation of measurements.
Advancements in 3-D Ultrasound: The traditional 3-D ultrasound systems had slower frame rates and induced higher expenses, preventing its widespread adoption. Many companies have started offering 3-D systems that operate above 30 frames per second, helping doctors to rapidly expand therapies in some specialty areas like transcatheter structural heart intervention with cost-effective measures.
Point-of-care Ultrasound: Various healthcare providers have started implementing POC ultrasound (POCUS). POCUS also helps in many other subspecialties like emergency medicine, critical care, internal medicine, and anesthesia.