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Clarius ultrasound upgrade can automatically identify body anatomy

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | May 24, 2021
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The Auto Preset AI feature of the Clarius ultrasound app update optimizes settings to recognize and provide a clear image of the anatomy being scanned
Clarius Mobile Health has unveiled the first ultrasound system capable of detecting body anatomy whilst a patient is scanned, through the power of AI and machine learning.

The capability is known as Auto Preset AI and is a feature in the new update to its Clarius Ultrasound app. Clinicians simply go into the app and select the option, which enables them to examine the abdomen, heart, lungs, bladder and other superficial structures on 10 high-definition wireless ultrasound scanners and without additional interaction through the app.

It is the first commercially available application that enables an ultrasound system to recognize anatomy on a macro level, CEO Laurent Pelissier told HCB News. "It’s particularly useful for emergency medicine, especially in a sterile environment as physicians and first responders don’t need to touch any buttons or screens to examine the torso. In performing a FAST exam, for example, they can scan from one part of the torso to another. Clarius automatically optimizes the settings to provide a clear image, automatically switching preset from lung to cardiac to abdominal."

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Part of Version 8.0 of the Clarius Ultrasound App, Auto Preset AI can be used with the Clarius C3 HD multipurpose and the Clarius PA HD phased array ultrasound systems. Its algorithms and machine learning tools are trained on tens of thousands of labelled ultrasound images within the company’s database to help clinicians make diagnoses faster.

The update also includes nearly 100 new ultrasound tutorials and the ability to capture and document photographs with mobile device cameras, alongside ultrasound images. In addition, users can share interesting cases more easily to their social networks for commentary, with images and clips remaining anonymous to protect patient identity. The new share functionality also allows them to use native mobile device integrations such as Apple’s AirDrop.

Other features include a TI-RADS reporting module; lower extremities doppler packages; a labor and delivery workflow that includes biophysical profile reporting; a dynamic range control; high frame rate carotid doppler imaging; and high-definition zoom capabilities.

The scanners are ideally suited for emergency medicine, EMS, critical care and primary care, as well as for sterile environments, OB/GYNs, and mobile clinics to treat lower extremity vascular issues. "If a clinician is able to look into the body during a first visit with a patient and confirm a diagnosis, they can offer faster, more accurate treatment. Our latest app update, in particular, will help deliver better care in several ways," said Dr. Oron Frenkel, chairman of the Clarius Medical Advisory Board.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play store for free and is compatible with most iOS and Android smart devices for high-definition imaging.

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