Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc has entered into a collaboration with the National Imaging Academy Wales (NIAW) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) tools to aid ultrasound scanning and to enhance ultrasound education.

Both located in South Wales, NIAW and Intelligent Ultrasound share a common desire to improve ultrasound practice through education, innovation and research that will lead to improved clinical technique and as a result, improved patient care and outcomes.

Intelligent Ultrasound aims to make ultrasound easier for clinicians to use: for the clinic, it is developing real-time artificial intelligence-based clinical ultrasound image analysis software to improve scan quality and workflow; for the training room it manufactures advanced ultrasound training simulators to improve OBGYN, echocardiography and point of care sonography education. The company recently announced that it had signed its first long-term licencing and co-development agreement with an ultrasound equipment manufacturer to install its AI real-time image analysis software onto a range of specialty specific ultrasound systems marketed in the global healthcare market. Over 800 of Intelligent Ultrasound’s ScanTrainer, HeartWorks and BodyWorks Eve ultrasound simulators have been sold around the world, including to NIAW and other UK Radiology Academies to increase training opportunities.

National Imaging Academy Wales opened in August 2018, funded by Welsh Government and NHS Wales to help address significant challenges across the Diagnostic Imaging workforce, enabling increased training capacity for radiologists in the first instance. As part of NHS Wales, NIAW provides comprehensive speciality training across all radiology imaging modalities including ultrasound and is committed to training, collaboration, innovation and research. National Imaging Academy Wales is already a hub for diagnostic imaging in Wales and is progressing with developments to enhance radiology training and research.

This collaboration will combine Intelligent Ultrasound and NIAW’s complementary skills both to develop clinically relevant AI tools for the clinic and to improve ultrasound education by evaluating real-world simulator performance.

Dr. Phillip Wardle, NIAW director & Consultant Radiologist, said, “Working closer together, we both aim to develop simulation training and advanced deep-learning AI in ultrasound that will address the needs of [the] current and future imaging workforce including sonographers and radiologists.”