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Canon touts end-to-end automation of CT scans at RSNA

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | November 28, 2023
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Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. introduced End-to-End CT Workflow Automation at RSNA, a suite of solutions designed to streamline imaging operations from referral through reporting, driving operational efficiencies and enhancing patient care.

“In the current landscape of limited access to skilled labor, End-to-End CT Workflow Automation is a game-changer for healthcare providers," said Satrajit Misra, the company's chief sales and marketing officer. "By automating various facets of the CT scanning process, we empower healthcare professionals to concentrate on what matters most — delivering exceptional patient care.”

Powered by AI technologies, the Workflow Automation suite consists of four components:
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INSTINX: Canon's new CT workflow experience prioritizes patient-centric care through workflow automation. INSTINX aims to simplify patient positioning and deliver quick scan planning while maintaining consistency between operators, regardless of their experience level.

Remote Assist: This feature allows direct virtual access from the scanner to in-house experts who can offer exam assistance remotely, empowering care teams to increase productivity and care quality across a hospital system.

Automation Platform: An AI-powered, zero-click solution that utilizes deep learning technology to streamline workflows for fast and actionable results. cutting down manual intervention and enhancing overall efficiency.

Vina Analytics: Simplifies and standardizes protocol management for Canon CT scanners, providing protocol review, comparison, approval, distribution, and revision history tracking.

A shortage of trained radiology professionals has been top of mind for many in the industry. Last February, Dr. Howard B. Fleishon, chair of the board of chancellors for the ACR, penned an article discussing the subject, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and burnout as key contributing factors.

"The demographics of our workforce need to be considered when looking at future needs," Fleishon said. "The current radiologist population is skewed toward seasoned professionals who may be looking at retirement. Of the 20,970 radiologists engaged in active patient care, 82% are age 45 and over, while 53% are age 55 and over."

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