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Following is a guest post by Bill Rapp:

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With all the focus on making healthcare more efficient, medical imaging procedures like MRIs and CT scans are a natural place to start. That’s why IBM and the Mayo Clinic are working to automate the detection of deadly brain aneurysms.

Traditionally, a patient suspected of having a brain aneurysm due to a stroke, traumatic injury or family history would undergo an invasive test using a catheter, a technique with risks of neurologic complications. To improve detection using a non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging approach, the Mayo Clinic and IBM worked to create automated detection algorithms to help radiologists pinpoint the location of aneurysms in the brain from MRI images.

The new algorithm is 95% effective at identifying likely aneurysms compared with 70% effectiveness for manual interpretation by radiologists. Radiologists still make the final call, but their attention can be focused on the most likely trouble areas, making the reading process faster and more accurate.

The key to this innovation was complete automation of the imaging and detection process, eliminating the need for human guidance to start the detection procedure. All of this must be done in real time with the results delivered to the radiologist in a timely and predictable manner.

This project sets the stage for introducing other automated detection techniques in the future. This framework can be extended to other imaging modalities like CT scans, other body parts such as the liver and kidney and other diseases like cancer. We’re also working on more flexible and affordable ways to deliver this smart technology, for example, through cloud computing.

Fully automated detection, flexibly delivered to the point of care is the future of radiology and other medical procedures and is a great example of smarter healthcare.

Bill Rapp, IBM’s CTO of Healthcare and Life Sciences and co-director of the Medical Imaging Informatics Innovation Center.

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January 23, 2016
10:34 am

Great post i must say and thanks for the information

Posted by: venus factor
June 7, 2013
11:35 am

that’s nice..

A mother of a friend of mine who suffered from aneurysms, had surgery went slightly wrong..And now on a wheel chair..:(

This is the future…way to go IBM and Mayo Clinic!!.. you are the best…!:):)

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A false aneurysm or pseudo-aneurysm does not primarily involve such distortion of the vessel. It is a collection of blood leaking completely out of an artery or vein, but confined next to the vessel by the surrounding tissue. This blood-filled cavity will eventually either thrombose (clot) enough to seal the leak or rupture out of the tougher tissue enclosing it and flow freely between layers of other tissues or into looser tissues. Pseudoaneurysms can be caused by trauma that punctures the artery and are a known complication of percutaneous arterial procedures, such as arteriography, arterial grafting, or use of an artery for injection. Like true aneurysms, they may be felt as an abnormal pulsatile mass on palpation.-,;;

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Hope it won’t take long that most of these so called new technology can help more and more people having different conditions. It’s just a pain to see alot of people suffering from lack of treatment from hospitals.

Posted by: Caroline from Passing Kindey Stones
August 16, 2010
3:31 pm

Thank you Bill for this interesting article! I hope that this technology is successful automated and that many people could have a benefit.

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August 4, 2010
5:53 am

This new advancement in MRI technology seems to parallel the additional advancement in MRI for use airport security to detect nuclear substances in liquids.

Posted by: Eric - the "train your brain" guy
June 15, 2010
4:20 pm

How can my doctor in germany use this technlogy to detect brain aneurisms?
I´m a former IBMer and interested to show how IBM technology can help to better our life.

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