GE Healthcare Improves Rural Access to Imaging

GE Healthcare uses AI technology to improve access to medical imaging diagnosis for rural health centers.

At a glance:

  • GE Healthcare is a leading global medical technology, diagnostics, and digital solutions innovator that enables clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications, and services.

  • Powered by an Intel® Core™ processor, GE Healthcare’s Versana Premier uses artificial intelligence to provide highly accessible two-dimensional images and sensitive flow signals in an ergonomic and portable system. The Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit helps Versana Premier optimize AI algorithms so that models running on Intel® architecture can help improve their inference performance.



Executive Summary

Ultrasound devices have proven their value in a variety of clinical applications, including radiology, cardiology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Ultrasound technology enables rapid diagnosis and gives doctors critical information to support their subsequent treatment plans. But rural medical institutions outside of large population centers often experience shortages in personnel, training, and diagnostic capacities. A new class of ultrasound equipment that includes artificial intelligence (AI)-based image features has the potential to help compensate for these challenges.

Against this backdrop, GE Healthcare has launched the Versana Premier, a premium system from the Versana family of ultrasound systems. It brings quality, affordability, reliability, and simplicity into a comprehensive, portable device.

The Versana Premier ultrasound system uses AI to provide several automated near-real-time image enhancement features. What’s more, it is able to automatically label the human tissues in an image with a method based on deep learning neural network technology. GE Healthcare uses the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit to optimize the inference performance of AI models run on the embedded Intel® Core™ processors within the Versana Premier system. These advances make it much easier for personnel without advanced training to use the equipment, helping to broaden access to high-quality medical resources in less-developed areas.

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