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Portsmouth Hospitals trials AI in chest x-rays

04/07/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is trialling an AI application designed to help detect lung cancers on chest x-rays.

It is the first UK project set up using the Sectra Amplifier Service for the procurement and deployment of the company’s AI relating to radiology, breast and pathology imaging.

The trust is now assessing a deep learning algorithm, available through Sectra’s marketplace, that is designed to help healthcare professionals more easily identify lung abnormalities on chest x-rays, that might otherwise be hidden by rib bone structures.

Findings from Portsmouth will also be shared with partner hospitals across the SWASH imaging consortium, a group of NHS trusts in the region that share a common picture archiving and communications system (PACS).

Trusts in the consortium include Isle of Wight, Salisbury, Southern Health and University Hospital Southampton.

Mark Gardner, PACS manager for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This has given us the ability to introduce AI into the clinical setting easily. Other than asking Sectra to set up the trial, I didn’t need to do anything – the application just became available in the PACS.”

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