Philips has announced that its SmartSpeed artificial intelligence (AI)-powered magnetic resonance (MR) acceleration software has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance. It is one innovation within the portfolio of smart Philips MR systems showcased at the 2022 European Congress of Radiology (ECR; 13‒17 July, Vienna, Austria).
Adding advanced AI data collection algorithms to Philips’ existing Compressed Sense MR acceleration engine, Philips SmartSpeed delivers higher image resolution with scan times that are three times faster, and with virtually no loss in image quality, representing a major step forward in diagnostic confidence and MR department productivity.
With personalised treatment for complex diseases such as cancer increasing the need for high-confidence precision diagnoses, coupled with soaring caseloads due to aging populations and high levels of clinician burnout, radiology departments are under increasing pressure to improve performance, productivity, and profitability.
“Philips’ AI-based SmartSpeed reconstruction is the new benchmark among acceleration techniques for us. It improves on the company’s existing Compressed Sense in all aspects and allows a reduction in scan times with excellent image quality and diagnostic confidence,” said Grischa Bratke, radiologist and expert in musculoskeletal imaging at the University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
Philips SmartSpeed, the latest addition to Philips’ expanding portfolio of AI-driven, smart, connected imaging and smart workflow solutions, helps achieve the quadruple aim of improving diagnostic outcomes, enhancing patient and staff experiences, and reducing healthcare costs overall.
This latest AI-powered MR software increases resolution up to 65% and achieves up to three times faster scanning times compared to conventional MR scans. Coupled with its support for 97% of current clinical protocols – including advanced contrasts and diffusion-weighted imaging, and even quantitative imaging, Philips SmartSpeed helps increase diagnostic confidence in a wide range of cases, including those that are more complex.
The unique deep learning technology of Philips SmartSpeed is applied at the source of the MR signal and integrated with Philips’ Compressed Sense speed engine to deliver higher resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio needed for detailed images, small lesion detection and enhanced diagnosis.