Siemens to integrate Cerebriu brain imaging AI into MR scanners

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | March 15, 2022
Alzheimers/Neurology Health IT MRI
Cerebriu's Smart Protocol for Brain software will be integrated onto Siemens' MR scanners (Photo courtesy of Cerebriu)
Siemens Healthineers has selected Cerebriu’s AI automation technology for neuroimaging as the newest software addition for its MR scanners.

A developer of AI for radiology workflow, Cerebriu’s Smart Protocol for Brain technology is designed to perform in-process detection and protocol automation as the MR scanner produces images and utilizes the information collected to create a personalized imaging experience.

The integration is expected to offer technologists the ability to perform real-time adaptation for scanning protocols during imaging, without interrupting the radiologist. They also will be able to provide the radiologist with the right data at the right time to make accurate diagnoses for different conditions. This will help increase patient throughput and comfort.

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"We automate radiology workflows to increase accessibility and improve quality of care, carefully balancing increased throughput with sustainable workloads to help tackle the increasing demand for neuroimaging. This partnership demonstrates a powerful synergy between innovators and visionary OEMs, together enabling healthcare providers to improve care at the point of imaging,” said Akshay Pai, chief technology officer at Cerebriu, in a statement.

The applications will be added through Siemens’ Open Workflow interface, which will allow solutions to be seamlessly integrated directly into MR exam workflow.

The integration of Smart Protocol for Brain software is still under development, and the application is not yet available for clinical use on Siemens’ MR scanners.

Siemens recently agreed to provide a Magnetom Vida MR scanner, along with other imaging modalities and radiotherapy solutions at Oulu University Hospital in Northern Finland as part of a 10-year contract. The provider is expanding its cancer center and will install the devices at a new radiotherapy center that will be completed in spring 2022. It currently sees about 25,000 patients per year, many from northern Finland.

Siemens will also provide Oulu University Hospital with workflow and decision support software and a variety of services for equipment maintenance to train the hospital’s staff and develop its workforce.

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