For Kiang Wu hospital in Macau, taking Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to the next level was one of the key priorities.
Kiang Wu Hospital Macau was founded in 1871, it’s a private hospital entity offering all sorts of medical treatments, from emergency to Chinese medicine. Managed by the local Kiang Wu Charity Association, it has several partnerships with the government, as well as with insurance companies, but services are usually paid.
As a leading hospital in Macau, Kiang Wu Hospital’s success in utilizing AI to support clinical workflows and daily operation is setting a new paradigm of smart hospital. In December 2020, Kiang Wu finished deployments of SenseTime’s proprietary SenseCare platform for the Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA), Lung Computed Tomography (CT), Chest X-Ray modules. This is a high-performance diagnostic and treatment assistance platform which provides various AI-powered tools for different clinical departments.
Kiang Wu hospital has said that it has continued to expand the use of SenseCare platform with Liver CT, Carotid CTA, Radiation Therapy (RT) Contour, Liver MRI and more, achieving nearly 100 per cent utilization rate for many of them, which demonstrates the reliability of SenseCare and the strong confidence from doctors. “In line with our principle of human-centric AI development, we hope this partnership will bring high-quality medical services to the patients at the hospital and elevate Macau’s healthcare standards. We will further explore the collaborative development of smart health across the Greater Bay Area and co-create a vibrant smart health ecosystem with our industry partners.” said Dr. Zhang Shaoting, Vice President, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Smart Health Business at SenseTime.
Complex and Labour-intensive
The complex and labour-intensive 3D reconstruction for coronary CTA had long been a big challenge for the hospital and seriously limited daily patient throughput. Leveraging SenseCare Cardiac, radiologists can now use intelligent toolkits for fully automated, high-precision 3D segmentation and reconstruction that help quickly analyse plaques and stenoses in coronary arteries.
The entire process for conducting 3D post-processing has been shortened from 15-20 minutes to only 2-5 minutes, significantly reducing doctors’ workload on manual operations. The software also supports automatic generation of films and structured reports in multiple formats.
Compared with the previous two years without the assistance of AI, the hospital’s monthly throughput of cardiac CTA nearly doubled in 2021. SenseCare Lung CT has effectively boosted the detection rate and accuracy in Lung CT images for early-stage diagnoses.
The AI assistance has helped the hospital maintain workflow efficiency during the COVID-19 outbreak. So far, the SenseCare platform has improved the medical imaging efficiency at Kiang Wu Hospital by around 50 per cent on average, providing AI assistance for tens of thousands of cases.
The partnership is another milestone in SenseTime’s development in the global smart health sector. With the continuous enrichment of the SenseCare platform and the region-level deployment mechanism that can facilitate interconnectivity for medical alliance, SenseTime looks forward to expediting cutting-edge AI research in healthcare, introduce its smart health applications to more regions and benefit more people around the world.