PRESS RELEASE: Philips bets on AI in its advanced diagnostic imaging solutions at ECR 2023

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PRESS RELEASE: Philips bets on AI in its advanced diagnostic imaging solutions at ECR 2023

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Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2023 – Royal Philips, a world leader in healthcare technology, has presented at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), which takes place from March 1 to 5 in Vienna, its portfolio of systems intelligent diagnostic imaging and integrated radiology workflow solutions. Visitors to the Philips @TheBlueLevel space at ECR 2023, the largest exhibition space at the Congress, will learn first-hand how Philips AI-powered technology turns data into actionable insights to increase diagnostic confidence and improve diagnostics. clinical outcomes to also improve the patient and staff experience, drive operational efficiencies and help reduce healthcare costs.

“Philips will demonstrate at this year's ECR, together with our partners and customers, how our latest AI-powered intelligent diagnostic systems and advanced IT solutions can help reduce clinical complexity and drive operational efficiencies to address professional shortages. and healthcare worker burnout, all while optimizing the right care pathway for patients,” said Bert van Meurs, Business Head of Image-Guided Therapy and Precision Diagnostics at Philips.

“With our AI-based technology we can automate and speed up routine tasks to generate patient-centric insights from large volumes of data to increase productivity and improve patient outcomes,” says Van Meurs. “Each of the innovations we showcase at ECR 2023 is the result of Philips' commitment to deliver sustainable and resilient diagnostic solutions that help hospitals get continuous value from their investments,” he added.

Intelligent imaging systems powered by innovative technology

Philips will show its latest innovations that, through magnetic resonance, CT, X-ray and ultrasound equipment, are capable of connecting radiology, cardiology, pathology and oncology departments. These innovations include MR SmartSpeed, next-generation imaging technology that leverages Philips' most advanced speed engine and award-winning AI reconstruction technology[1] to increase image speed and quality. In collaboration with Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, Philips is conducting AI innovation projects to further accelerate and improve MRI exams, with the goal of reducing scan times to less than five minutes and reconstruct detailed MR images despite movement of the patient or internal organs. Early results are already showing promising results in some of the leading hospitals around the world.

“In systematic research studies, we have seen strong evidence of the ability of MR SmartSpeed ​​to significantly speed up acquisition times in knee and spine exams without compromising image quality, with scan times that can be reduced by up to 64% in some sequences”, says Dr. Andra-Iza-Iuga, from the Radiology Department of the University Hospital of Cologne (Germany). “Since musculoskeletal exams make up a large part of all MRI procedures, these acceleration benefits result in a significant reduction in operating costs, plus we are being able to successfully implement the results of our research studies in our clinical routine”, this expert continued.

Another focus for Philips at ECR 2023 includes the MR 5300, the next evolution in helium-free MRI technologies thanks to Philips' unique BlueSeal magnet. Powered by AI-based technology, MR 5300 is designed to simplify and automate the most complex clinical and operational tasks to increase MR productivity, speed exam times, and improve clinical decision making.

Also introduced is the MR 7700, a new advancement in 3.0T imaging with an improved gradient system designed to deliver outstanding imaging speed and results for confident diagnosis in all patients, with up to 35% shorter scan time and higher diffusion image quality in all anatomies[2].

This latest high-performance MR system enables radiologists to image six different clinically relevant nuclei[3] in all anatomies to help increase diagnostic confidence and add important metabolic information to MR examinations. In this way, complex research programs can be addressed and clinical decision making can be improved to help provide better patient care.

Among the latest Philips innovations in computed tomography is the award-winning Spectral CT 7500, designed to provide the spectral information needed to change results, reduce the number of additional exams and their associated costs, and ease the burden on radiology departments. Spectral CT 7500 has been shown to reduce the time to diagnosis in cancer patients by one month[4], with 300,000 fewer follow-up scans due to incomplete diagnoses[5] and 96 out of 100 non-malignant cysts identified with certainty [6].

Philips will also be highlighting DXR Smart Workflow at the conference which helps increase the number of patients that can be seen per day, shortens patient wait times and decreases time to diagnosis with the innovative workflow efficiency brought by the AI[7]. Systems can be configured with AI solutions for workflow and image reading support, allowing clinicians to see 15 more patients per day and avoid up to 28 replays per week[8].

Also making its first appearance at the European Congress of Radiology will be the new generation of Ultrasound Compact System 5000 series portable compact ultrasound machines [9]. The portability of the new system brings quality ultrasound to the patient wherever they are in the hospital, with advanced features not typically found in a portable system, including AI-powered automation tools to help enable definitive diagnosis from the first scan in clinical areas, including emergency medicine, with 30% shorter exam times for ultrasound evaluation in trauma[10].

Radiology Workflow Solutions that Drive Operational Efficiency

Optimizing clinical workflows can help eliminate waste and enable hospitals to use their resources more efficiently, resulting in improved patient flow and the delivery of higher quality care. At ECR, Philips will showcase its advanced technology to simplify and connect workflows to reduce variability and staff workload, drive operational efficiency and improve the patient experience. These solutions include a new advanced visualization workspace featuring more than 70 clinical apps to get information right the first time. The AI-powered data pre-processing of this platform saves five man hours per week, which equates to a cost savings of $85,000 per year[11].

Other AI-based solutions to be featured at ECR 2023 include the Radiology Workflow Orchestrator (integrated into Image Management - Vue PACS), comprised of intelligent algorithms that automatically determine and deliver the right case to the most appropriate available radiologists based on the availability of their area of ​​specialization and the workload they have. In this way, it manages to effectively balance the analysis of cases and speed up reading times with a 50% improvement in productivity and a 40% reduction in the average time needed to prepare reports[12].

Philips will also demonstrate how its teleradiology technology provides access to radiology excellence where and when it is needed through innovative solutions including Imaging Orchestrator - ROCC, a multi-modal, multi-site telepresence solution that provides advanced remote imaging capabilities by connecting image experts through an operations center with other specialized technicians in any other location in the world.

The ECR will also feature Ultrasound Collaboration Live[13], available on Philips EPIQ Elite and Affiniti ultrasound platforms. Using this technology, ultrasound staff can securely talk, text, share screens and stream video directly to a PC or mobile device, allowing them to expand their presence without expanding equipment. In addition, 100% of patients say they have had better access to healthcare through the teleultrasound provided by Collaboration Live[14].

Philips reinforces its commitment to sustainability

Worldwide, healthcare systems account for more than 4% of global CO₂ emissions[15], more than the aviation industry or shipping. Public and private entities are increasingly recognizing and responding to the urgent need for more environmentally sustainable radiology by collaborating to achieve change. ECR attendees can join Philips and other global industry leaders - including the European Society of Radiology and Healthcare Without Harm Europe - in the Sustainability Zone located on Level 2 of ECR ​​Congress 2023, at Philips@The BlueLevel, to learn first-hand the global progress and efforts currently underway to help drive the decarbonization of radiology.

Join Philips in person at ECR 2023 Blue Level or virtually through Philips Radiology's interactive online experience and follow @PhilipsLiveFrom for updates throughout the event.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a leading healthcare technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, and facilitating better outcomes across the health cycle, from habits health and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips draws on its advanced technology and in-depth clinical and consumer insights to offer integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as consumer health and home care. Philips has recorded sales of €17.8 billion in 2022 and employs approximately 77,000 employees, with business operations and services in more than 100 countries. All Philips news is in our News Center

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