The U.S. technology giant IBM is working on new software which aims to become an automated radiology assistant. Its code name is AviCenna, after the 11th century philosopher who wrote a medical encyclopedia.
This software examines medical images using a suite of different image-processing algorithms. It can identify anatomical features and abnormalities in medical images, such as CT scans. Thanks to its “reasoning” system, it also draws on text and other data in a patient’s medical record to suggest possible diagnoses and treatments.
AviCenna is designed to speed the work of radiologists and cardiologists and reduce errors. According to IBM, it is still being tested but will be soon be ready for the market. They hope to make AviCenna more accurate in order to help radiologists, not replace them.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.