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CARING partners with Subtle Medical to improve MRI scans worldwide

The collaboration aims to use digital health technology to enable faster, higher precision medical imaging, and as a result, better outcomes

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Subtle Medical has partnered with CARING – the Centre for Advanced Research in Imaging, Neurosciences & Genomics – to bring improved AI-enabled medical imaging to patients worldwide. CARING, which specialises in the clinical validation and deployment of AI solutions, recently performed a study with SubtleMR, an AI-powered image processing software created by Subtle Medical that reduces image noise and increases image sharpness for non-contrast enhanced MRI. The collaboration aims to use digital health technology to enable faster, higher precision medical imaging, and as a result, better outcomes.

MRI exams are one of the most widely used tests to help diagnose a disease or injury. These exams can be long, arduous and uncomfortable for patients. “When comparing the faster low-resolution images to those enhanced by SubtleMR, the SubtleMR-enhanced images were consistently equivalent to the routine standard of care high-resolution images,” said Dr Harsh Mahajan, Chairman, CARING and Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging. “We found from our research that on an average, SubtleMR can potentially reduce MRI scan time by 50 per cent without compromising image quality. In addition to efficiency gains, the potential for faster scans will also help to deliver a much better patient experience,” added Dr Mahajan.

“It is most impressive that not only is SubtleMR able to improve the quality of the images, but it also improves quantitative SNR measurements,” said Dr Sriram Rajan, Head – MRI, CARING. “Using CARPL, the CARING Analytics Platform, we are going to start deploying SubtleMR in several international sites. CARPL’s technology platform gives hospitals and imaging centers single-window access to multiple AI algorithms which makes the process of testing and deploying AI in their institutions seamless.”

Enhao Gong, CEO, Subtle Medical, added, “It is an exciting time for us at Subtle Medical as the interest in SubtleMR since recently receiving FDA clearance and CE Mark approval has been overwhelmingly positive, resulting in a waitlist for new customers. Our mission is to make medical imaging safer and more comfortable for patients while creating new workflow efficiencies for hospitals and imaging centers. We are thrilled to be expanding our reach outside the US with CARING to improve patient care worldwide.”

“CARING, in addition to the AI platform, also has a full-fledged Next Generation Sequencing lab where we are trying to use advanced machine learning techniques to potentially marry imaging and genomics data. Using these approaches, we can provide targeted insights about disease risk (predictive medicine) and therapeutic efficacy (precision medicine),” said Dr Vidur Mahajan, Head– R&D, CARING.

“Machine learning, when applied to medical data, has the potential to transform the way medical care is delivered,” said Dr Vasantha Venugopal, Imaging Lead, CARING.

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