Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc announced that the first live demonstration of the group’s ScanNav AnatomyGuide AI software to clinicians will take place at the Annual Scientific Meeting of Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK) in Belfast from 16-17 May 2019.
RA-UK’s Annual Scientific Meeting brings together a wide range of clinical experts, medical professionals and trainee anaesthetists for a mixture of workshops, clinical based lectures, and a new ‘How I do it’ expert clinical symposia focussed on real-life clinical scenarios and live scanning demonstrations.
As part of this new format, Dr. David Burkett St Laurent, consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Gwent Hospital Newport (Wales), will be performing live demonstrations using the Group’s ScanNav AnatomyGuide AI software, which identifies and highlights anatomical structures on a live ultrasound image.
The product is being developed for use during Peripheral Nerve Block (PNB) procedures to support less experienced practitioners. PNB is a form of regional anaesthesia that can be used for certain surgical procedures as an alternative to general anaesthesia and also as a form of pain relief (potentially reducing the need for opioid analgesia). The demonstration will focus on two of these nerve blocks; the adductor canal block (in the thigh area) and the fascia iliaca block (in the pelvis/hip area).
The ScanNav AnatomyGuide AI software is the second AI enabled product being developed within the group’s clinical division and is currently pre-regulatory approval. The group commenced a clinical study within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in November last year to gather clinical data for the product, and it is expected that the ScanNav AnatomyGuide development will be substantially completed in 2019 and that the regulatory approval process for its sale in Europe and the United States will commence thereafter. ScanNav AnatomyGuide's development has been partly funded by Innovate UK.
It is anticipated that ScanNav AnatomyGuide for PNB will be sold into hospitals through the ultrasound OEMs and that further ultrasound guided needling variants of the software will be developed.
Commenting, Nicholas Sleep, CTO of Intelligent Ultrasound, said: “The benefits of regional anaesthesia to patients and to the health service generally are well known. We believe that ScanNav AnatomyGuide will provide additional confidence for practitioners with less experience in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia, reduce their reliance on more senior colleagues, and allow a greater number of patients to benefit from PNB procedures.”