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FDA OKs GE Healthcare’s Vivid Ultra edition AI-powered cardiovascular ultrasound

GE Healthcare announced U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ultra Edition package on Vivid cardiovascular ultrasound systems, which includes new features based on artificial intelligence (AI) that enable clinicians to acquire faster, more repeatable exams consistently.

Methodical assessments of heart function are key in echocardiography but can be tedious and time-consuming to acquire. High quality data acquisition and operator skill are key elements to achieve accurate and complete exams. And, as patients undergo subsequent monitoring exams, the reproducibility of exam assessments is key to identifying improvement or disease progression. Vivid Ultra Edition brings increased efficiencies to the scanning process for reduced exam time through up to 80 percent fewer clicks, 99 percent accuracy and less inter-operator variability.

“We use AI Auto Measure—2D, AI Auto Measure—Spectrum Recognition, and Auto AFI together with Auto EF. We also use Scan Assist Pro, 4D biplane and 4D triplane. All of this in combination has saved us 7 to 10 minutes per scan, which is fantastic, so we really do have more time to spend with the patient,” said Rebecca Perry, PhD, Cardiac Sonography Program Stream Coordinator, University of South Australia, in a Vivid Talk webinar.

Vivid Ultra Edition features leverage AI-driven, neural network-based algorithms designed to deliver repeatable and faster measurements in 2D echo imaging:

  • AI Auto Measure—Spectrum Recognition can semi-automatically detect the appropriate measurement of spectral Doppler images, enabling the system to fast-forward the path from scanning to measurements with 98 percent accuracy and 100 percent reproducibility.3
  • AI Auto Measure—2D can detect the relevant points in the image used to derive key measurements of the left ventricle, performing comparable to human users with 100 percent reproducibility.
  • AI-based View Recognition can automatically detect with 99 percent accuracy and 100 percent reproducibility which standard 2D scan plane is acquired and store this label in the image file. Our AFI package is designed to use these data to automatically select views for strain analysis, streamlining workflow and increasing efficiency.

“With the Vivid Ultra Edition, we offer AI capabilities that help address healthcare providers’ two key challenges in echo exams—how time consuming the exam is and the degree of variability that exists in the quantitative results,” said Dagfinn Saetre, General Manager of Cardiovascular Ultrasound at GE Healthcare. “This package supports our vision of where we need to go with cardiovascular ultrasound: tools to support less variability and improved productivity. The Vivid Ultra Edition is a solid step in our strategic roadmap.”

Vivid Ultra Edition also provides uncompromised image quality and advanced visualization and navigation capabilities:

  •  HD Color displays anatomy and jet using shadowing, reflections and transparency to enhance the 3D perception.
  • FlexiLight offers photorealistic images to help improve visualization of moving structures and depth perception of tissues.
  • 4D TTE Pediatric probe (6VDc) provides excellent 2D and 4D imaging for a range of pediatric patients from neonates to teenagers. MPO

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