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AI-Pathway companion prostate cancer from Siemens Healthineers approved for use in Europe as medical device

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | March 04, 2020 Artificial Intelligence Health IT
AI-Pathway Companion Prostate Cancer2, a digital companion from Siemens Healthineers to support clinical decision-making, has recently received the CE mark for use in the clinical pathway of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer (after lung cancer) affecting males worldwide.3 The conformity mark confirms that the application AI-Pathway Companion Prostate Cancer is CE-compliant in accordance with Directive 93/42/EEC and can therefore be marketed in the EU as a medical device.

The AI-Pathway Companion product suite uses Artificial Intelligence, including Natural Language Processing4, to bring together data on a patient’s disease and treatment status and presents it via an intuitive graphical user interface. AI-Pathway Companion Prostate Cancer also draws the physicians’ attention to the appropriate treatment recommendations1 from the prostate cancer guidelines of the European Association of Urology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network5 to suit the patient’s current treatment status.

“The AI-Pathway Companion helps multidisciplinary teams in particular with decision-making for diagnosis and treatment along the entire clinical pathway on the principles of evidence-based medicine. That means we can assist healthcare providers to put the individual patient at the center of the treatment process. We are very excited about AI-Pathway Companion as one of the first elements in our strategy of expanding to clinical decision making based on integrated diagnostics,” says André Hartung, head of Diagnostic Imaging at Siemens Healthineers.

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Decision-making for treatment and the follow-up process for prostate cancer is extremely complex and time consuming, since many individual patient parameters must be considered. This includes the stage at which the disease was discovered, whether it is a first diagnosis, whether various treatments have already been applied, and whether the tumor has reappeared following an initial treatment success. Lab results, like the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) value, pathology findings from a prostate punch biopsy, or the PI-RADS (Prostate Imaging – Reporting and Data System) score, which identifies the probability of a clinically significant carcinoma, and the Gleason score, which classifies the aggressiveness of a prostate tumor, are other examples of criteria used by physicians to help determine the next stages of examination and treatment. In the process, the physicians use evidence-based international medical guidelines which generally may run to well over 100 pages and often recommend appropriate, scientifically justified, and up-to-date processes for diagnostics and treatment; these also include the prostate cancer guidelines of the European Association of Urology6 and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network7. It is not hard to see that the mass of data contained in both the results and guidelines can pose a major challenge to decision-making.

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