New ACR software platform allows radiologists to create, validate, use AI

The American College of Radiology (ACR) Data Science Institute (DSI) has launched ACR AI-LAB, a new software platform that helps radiologists create, validate and use artificial intelligence to treat patients.

The free, vendor-neutral platform allows entire radiology departments to get involved with AI, even giving users the ability to collaborate with one another as needed to address “local clinical needs.”

“By enabling radiologists to actively participate in all aspects of AI development, we can expect to see high impact health care solutions grow rapidly,” Bibb Allen Jr., MD, ACR DSI chief medical officer, said in a prepared statement. “This new initiative fills existing gaps and permits direct participation throughout the AI development life-cycle.”

“Acquiring the necessary large amounts of patient data for algorithm training has been a huge problem for developers up to this point,” Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, ACR DSI chief science officer, said in the same statement. “Consequently, AI has been slow to develop and has not spread widely to improve patient care. Enabling radiologists to develop AI on-premises, at their own institutions, will unlock massively larger data stores available for the development of AI. This will rapidly expand the AI solutions available to us all.”

ACR AI-LAB will be on display at the ACR’s 2019 Annual Meeting May 18-22 in Washington, DC.