by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | July 15, 2022
Siemens Healthineers has integrated Subtle Medical’s image-enhancement software for MR into the new reconstruction pipeline of its Open Recon interface.
The Siemens platform adds third-party image reconstruction and post-processing solutions directly into the reconstruction process for images. Because of this, no extra steps are needed to export images, and the results are directly available on the scanner console.
Subtle Medical inked a partnership agreement with Siemens
in December 2021 to be the first AI technology company to add its technology to the Open Recon interface. Its software, SubtleMR, utilizes deep learning post-processing to denoise images and improve the quality of scans captured at faster MR sequences, at lower doses. This enables patients to spend less time in the scanner, improving their experience, along with MR workflow.
The solution can now be accessed in the user interface, and will be available on Siemens MAGNETOM Sola, Solafit, and Altea scanners with NX VA51.
“The combination of Subtle Medical's unique AI software tools with the state-of-the-art MR scanners from Siemens Healthineers will provide for optimized workflow, enhanced image quality, and allow our customers to fully realize the clinical and operational benefits of Subtle Medical's AI solutions worldwide," said Josh Gurewitz, chief commercial officer at Subtle Medical.
SubtleMR can be used with major contrasts, including T1, T2, T2 FLAIR, T2 (2D, 3D), and is compatible with the majority of MR exams, as well as all downstream quantitative and diagnostic applications.
It improves image quality from upward of 60% faster scan times and has been clinically validated in multiple peer-review journals across diverse sites, scanners and patients. The technology is also generalizable for the majority of body parts and sequences.
Another partnership made by Subtle Medical in early July 2022 will see the launch
of the solution at Unilabs, a diagnostic service provider in Sweden. The country will be the first to use the software.
In addition to SubtleMR, Subtle Medical has another application, SubtlePET, for the same purpose in PET scanning. Both solutions can be used with any scanner model and field strength.