Partnership improves diagnostic X-ray services

Lunit and Philips link up to bring chest detection capability to the Diagnostic X-ray Suite

Following news of a new collaboration with Disney to explore the impact of ambient technology on MRI scan acquisition among children; Philips has announced a second major partnership with AI start-up, Lunit, to further enhance imaging services.

Announced during the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) virtual event last week, the collaboration will make Lunit’s AI software accessible to users of Philips’ diagnostic X-ray solutions.

The announcement is the latest extension of Philips’ AI portfolio in precision diagnosis, which leverages this collaboration to achieve better patient outcomes, improve the experience of patients and staff, and lower the cost of care.

Lunit INSIGHT CXR chest detection suite accurately detects 10 of the most-common findings in a chest X-ray.

For most patients, X-ray is the first diagnostic imaging step on their path to a definitive diagnosis

“By partnering with Philips, one of the biggest medical device companies globally; our AI will be available to its significant global installed base,” said Brandon Suh, chief executive of Lunit.

“With the start of this partnership, we look forward to further expanding our collaboration to make data-driven medicine the new standard of care.

“Lunit will continue to build upon its current AI offering, making it better and better with time, and will continue to deliver best-in-class AI.”

“For most patients, X-ray is the first diagnostic imaging step on their path to a definitive diagnosis,” adds Daan van Manen, general manager for diagnostic X-ray at Philips.

“Radiology departments and their technologists are continually under pressure.

“They face high patient volumes, and every improvement in workflow can make a big impact.

“The high performance of Lunit's AI has been validated in major clinical journals to improve accuracy and efficiency in workflow.

With the start of this partnership, we look forward to further expanding our collaboration to make data-driven medicine the new standard of care

“And our partnership to incorporate its diagnostic AI into our X-ray suite combines with a host of smart workflow features in the Philips Radiography Unified User Interface (Eleva), our common platform across our digital radiography systems that enables a smooth and efficient, patient-focused workflow.”

Lunit’s AI software, Lunit INSIGHT CXR, is designed to provide accurate and instant analysis of chest X-ray images by mapping the location of the findings and displaying the scored calculation of its actual existence.

It accurately detects 10 of the most-common findings in a chest X-ray and prioritises cases with abnormality scores, thereby allowing fast triage of normal cases and enabling radiologists to focus on reading abnormal cases.

The algorithm performs at 97-99% accuracy rate, with its performance validated in major publications.

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