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To meet the growing demands of providing timely and safe care to outpatients and inpatients, Agfa offers a two-step approach to integrating AI solutions into imaging systems: SmartXR assists users in the image acquisition process to ensure consistent image quality

CriticalScan informs the user about the detection of critical pathologies while still at the point-of-care.

The intelligent assistance solution advises the user, for example, on incorrect alignment of the X-ray tube to the DR detector or incorrect patient positioning, including the correct selection of the AEC chamber(s) for automatic exposures. The integrated 3D camera determines the patient’s thickness and gives recommendations on how to adjust the exposure parameters accordingly. Despite all the assistance, the user always retains the power of decision. Special algorithms interpret the content of each image and, if necessary, rotate the image into the usual orientation for diagnosis. With SmartXR, even less experienced users or lateral entrants can produce X-ray images of consistent quality. As a result, radiological institutes can significantly reduce the frequency of repeat exposures and increase their efficiency – according to a study, an average of 18 percent of all exposures are repeated due to exposure errors.

ScanXR is then the logical second step, where the image just captured is analysed for critical findings. In this area, Agfa collaborates with Lunit, among others. The current version of Agfa’s CriticalScan (powered by Lunit Insight CXR) can analyse chest images for ten critical pathologies and provide feedback to the user in about 30 seconds. Additional pathologies are in development. When a pathology is detected, the user receives a system message with details of the critical finding, allowing the attending physician to be informed as quickly as possible. The use of ScanXR speeds up and improves patient care, contributing to efficient and affordable medical care.