Introducing AItivity – Redefining the Role of AI in Healthcare

One of the greatest things about the healthcare industry is the sheer speed at which it seems to evolve. I’m constantly amazed by the passion, dedication, and expertise demonstrated by our leading healthcare innovators, particularly in the area of AI.
Just recently, Canon Medical launched its bold new approach to AI innovation…Altivity. We are extremely proud of this development, as it consolidates our range of deep learning and machine learning technologies to help clinicians deliver better outcomes to their patients and their business. If nothing else, the last twelve months have shown to us how adaptable and ready for change we need to be. The strain placed on healthcare systems by COVID-19 has pushed clinicians to their limits. Incidences of cancer, heart disease, and stroke are rising. And the increasing complexity of patient data is creating new opportunities that could easily be missed without insights and guidance from the right technology.

For many, these issues represent overwhelming challenges that are too difficult to resolve or require too great an investment. For us, however, we see them as opportunities for growth. At a time when resources are limited, we are doing everything we can to help our customers deliver informed healthcare with efficient workflows, so their patients can access the tailored treatment they need. And we are doing it with the power of AI.

Canon Medical has been steadily redefining the role of AI in healthcare, starting with our Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine. Initially developed for CT, Canon Medical quickly deployed this Deep Learning Reconstruction technology across MRI and PET-CT systems to help speed up scan times and improve image quality. Next, came the launch of Automation Platform and the AUTOStroke solution, both of which were designed to enhance clinical confidence and streamline workflows with the power of deep learning technology.

More recently, Canon Medical has transformed the ultrasound space with AI innovations, available in certain regions, that revolutionize clinical workflows. Through leveraging the power of AI, Canon Medical has been able to automate standardized serial measurements to increase clinical productivity and reporting accuracy.

As ever, our vision is to build a future where every individual receives the diagnosis and treatment that they need to live their lives to the fullest. While this won't happen overnight, I know that it starts with systems and solutions that are “Made for Life”.

Toshio Takiguchi
CEO
Canon Medical Systems

What is Altivity?

Altivity is a new AI innovation brand from Canon Medical that consolidates machine learning and deep learning technologies. It reflects our bold new approach to AI, using smart technologies to make a whole new level of quality, insight and value across the entire care pathway possible.
Informed healthcare
Altivity is here to help your clinical confidence with high-quality images and applications that help you make informed decisions in real-time, at the point of delivery.

Fast, tailored care
Altivity has been created with your patients in mind to deliver the fast and accurate results they need for a more personalized treatment approach.

Efficient workflows
Altivity helps create simple, streamlined AI-driven workflows that optimize resource deployment and ensure your teams have the insights they need to work smarter every day.

Radiology and AI - Towards 2030

Professor Eliot. Siegel is Professor of Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, and is also an expert in Computer Science. He explained to VISIONS how he sees Artificial Intelligence (AI) integrating with Radiology over the next ten to 20 years.

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AI for Healthcare Informatics

What is Automation Platform?

Canon Medical’s Automation Platform (AP) is an AI-based, zero-click solution that uses deep learning technology to automatically orchestrate data and streamline clinical workflows, thereby reducing workload.

Title: Automation Platform: Zero-click DICOM auto-processing for enterprise clinical care continuums
From scanner to clinical decision, the AP streamlines workflows to automate post processing of images and deliver actionable results fast, accurately and every time - for accurate triage, notification and treatment decisions.
Automation Platform intelligently harnesses the power of deep-learning AI to automatically organize, normalize and process results from image repositories and world-class modalities. The AP performs the following automated tasks:
  • Collect & curate
  • − Automatically collects, processes and tags clinically relevant patient data, from systems and repositories, including Advanced Intelligent Clear IQ Engine (AiCE) images
  • Process & categorize
  • − Intelligently and accurately classify incoming DICOM data using neural network data categorization; and auto dispatch to relevant clinical applications based on AI rules
  • Evaluate images & detect abnormalities
  • − Utilizes a suite of clinical applications (many AI-powered) to automatically produce standard results for interpretation
  • Deliver results & alerts
  • − Streamlines clinical workflows with a concise summary of the right qualitative and quantitative insights, with alerts to potentially urgent conditions, thereby augmenting clinical decisions.

Automation Platform – Clinical Delivery

The Automation Platform runs validated clinical applications, packaged for multiple clinical care continuums, and fully integrated within these workflows and clinical systems.
The first suite of solutions designed to run on the Automation Platform focus on stroke; automatically analyzing images to fully characterize stroke conditions and provide instant information to emergency and stroke teams to aid in clinical evaluation and treatment.
By delivering fast, reproducible and consistent results, the zero-click Automation Platform helps to reduce variability amongst clinicians and significantly improve staff workflow.

Powering New Tools for Stroke Assessment

Dr. Peter Chang, MD, works at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence in diagnostic medicine. In addition to his role as Assistant Professor in Residence for the Departments of Radiological Sciences and Computer Science at University of California Irvine (UCI) in the US, he is the Co-Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine (CAIDM) at UCI. Dr. Chang also leads the healthcare AI curriculum at his institution, which trains the next generation of specialists in understanding and developing cutting-edge AI tools. As an AI practitioner, he is very aware of current developments in the industry, and Canon Medical stands out to him among leading AI pioneers.

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Deep learning reconstruction in high quality CT

What is Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE)?

AiCE is an innovative approach to CT reconstruction that uses Deep Learning technology to match the spatial resolution and low-noise properties of advanced model-based iterative reconstructions. Trained using vast amounts of high-quality image data, reconstructed with an advanced model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) algorithm, AiCE distinguishes true signal from noise to deliver exceptional images at low radiation dose. Furthermore, AiCE can be seamlessly integrated into your routine exam protocols to reconstruct images at a speed fast enough to keep pace in a busy clinical setting while delivering up to 82.4%*1 reduced dose levels compared to conventional reconstruction technology (Filtered Back projection). AiCE has potential to aid in fast and confident clinical results by providing low noise, natural noise texture*2, sharp high-contrast resolution, and clear low-contrast detectability.

*1 Validated on Aquilion ONE / Genesis Edition *2 Natural defined as similar to FBP compared to MBIR. This does not apply to Aquilion Precision.

Deep learning reconstruction in high quality MR

A new era of clarity has begun in MR with Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE)

Sharp, clear, and distinct images. See through the noise.

Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) is the world's first fully integrated MR deep learning reconstruction technology producing stunning MR images that are exceptionally detailed and with the low-noise properties you might expect of a high SNR image. AiCE can be applied across a broad range of anatomies, contrast and applications so you no longer need to compromise between resolution and speed.

AiCE intelligently removes noise from images which results in higher SNR* and enables increased resolution. By improving SNR you can achieve sharp, clear, and distinct images utilizing the power of deep learning to see through the noise.

AiCE has been carefully designed by scientists with expert knowledge of MR physics and signal processing together with specialists in programming advanced AI neural networks to ensure accurate and robust results for all patient studies. To overcome contrast and signal variation in MRI data, AiCE denoising is restricted to high-frequency noise leaving low frequency information untouched. The amount of noise reduction and image sharpness can be fine-tuned to cater for your site preferences to ensure optimal diagnostic image quality is provided for all patients.

*AiCE provides higher SNR compared to typical low pass filters

New Vantage Elan / NX Edition

Canon Medical has successfully launched its latest 1.5T MR - the Vantage Elan / NX Edition.
The new system completes Canon’s intelligent and productive MR Portfolio. Two diagnostic imaging facilities in Europe, one in Germany and another in Italy, are the first to benefit from its advanced technology.

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AI in High Quality Ultrasound Imaging

Next Generation of AI-Enhanced Ultrasound Productivity

The new Aplio i-series / Prism Edition offers a whole new level of diagnostic precision and imaging capability for ultrasound and features a whole spectrum of flexible, AI-assisted productivity functions powered by Altivity, Canon Medical’s new AI brand. Clinicians from across the world are discovering the difference this advanced new system is making to their clinical practice by streamlining workflows, delivering fast and accurate results, and enabling more personalized patient care. Some of the first users in Radiology, Cardiology and Women’s Health to adopt the new Aplio systems shared their experiences with VISIONS on how it addresses previously unmet needs in their work.
Canon’s Aplio i-series is a trusted, premium ultrasound platform with powerful imaging, quantification and advanced analysis capabilities for a wide range of clinical specialties. It is renowned for its consistently robust performance and efficiency across a comprehensive range of clinical applications. The latest Aplio i-series / Prism Edition was launched earlier this year enabling users to achieve a new level in diagnostic precision.

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