Fujifilm SonoSite, Partners HealthCare collaborate on AI-powered portable ultrasound

Fujifilm SonoSite announced Tuesday, July 30, that the company is collaborating with Boston-based Partners HealthCare to develop AI-powered portable ultrasound solutions. Work will commence at the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science in Boston and use key Partners HealthCare resources, including data and computational infrastructure.

“Allowing for even greater integration of ultrasound into our healthcare delivery system requires smarter machines,” Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, chief data science officer at Partners HealthCare, said in a prepared statement. “In emergency settings, the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of portable ultrasound makes it a critical companion to other imaging modalities.”

“This collaboration is really focused on embedding AI in portable ultrasound with the goal of automating the segmentation of organ boundaries, measurement of anatomic features and calculation of physiological parameters—the type of automation that will allow us to increase the accessibility of this critical technology while still delivering high diagnostic value,” Diku Mandavia, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Fujifilm SonoSite, said in the same statement.

The collaboration’s first project involves targeting “some of the more complex emergency medicine procedures” with AI-based portable ultrasound solutions.