Philips launches anatomically intelligent quantification tool for cardiac ultrasound imaging


Royal Philips has introduced HeartModel(A.I), a new anatomically intelligent ultrasound (AIUS) tool that brings advanced quantification, automated 3D views and robust reproducibility to cardiac ultrasound imaging. Philips’ fastest 3D AIUS ultrasound measurement method was unveiled on its EPIQ 7 ultrasound system, Philips’ first ultrasound with anatomic intelligence capabilities, during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting (12–16 June, Boston, USA).

Using HeartModel(A.I.), Philips says that clinicians can quickly, easily and confidently assess disease states, determine treatment, and guide related therapies. In a recent comparison, exams with HeartModel(A.I.) were shown to be three to six times faster than conventional 2D exams in gathering left ventricular and atrial dimensions and volumes, while offering the benefits of 3D imaging. With a digital database of anatomical structural models and adaptive system technology, HeartModel(A.I.) has access to advanced clinical information that automatically adapts to variability in patient anatomy. This knowledge base identification and patient-specific adaptation provides proven quantification of the left ventricle and atrium, and display of routine apical views.

“Health systems are constantly looking for solutions to provide the most efficient and effective way to an accurate diagnosis,” said Ivan Salgo, senior medical director, Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Philips. “At Philips, we are driving innovation in the cardiology space to help clinicians make decisions early, fast and confidently. By combining AIUS with the power of HeartModel(A.I.), we are using automatic quantification and intelligence and our renowned image quality to bring more diagnostic confidence to cardiac procedures and to create more reproducible results.”

HeartModel(A.I.) is part of a suite of new tools and technologies available on Philips’ EPIQ 7 ultrasound system. Philips designed the EPIQ 7 system to enhance automation and reproducibility to help address some of the most critical strains on overburdened hospitals and healthcare systems challenged to provide higher quality care at a lower cost. EPIQ 7 is known for its high-image quality, advanced automation and reproducibility and best-in-class ergonomic design.

“Traditionally, collecting and analysing heart measurements have been time-consuming, difficult processes with resulting variability that can impact diagnostic confidence,” said Roberto Lang, professor of medicine and director of non-invasive cardiac imaging laboratories, University of Chicago Medicine, USA. “Today’s busy, constrained clinical environments need simplified methods to help provide high-quality care at low costs. Philips’ HeartModel(A.I.) helps take the variability out of critical cardiac ultrasound measurements and enables time savings, broader applicability and accurate data to inform better delivery of care.”

HeartModel(A.I.) will be made available on the EPIQ 7 ultrasound system in the USA beginning in August and globally by the end of the year.