Radiology supercomputer ‘Clara’ could improve imaging in a big way

Radiology supercomputer “Project Clara” could improve imaging quality while speeding up the detection of fatal diseases like cancer and heart failure, Forbes has reported.

The technology, developed by California tech company Nvidia, aims to build a platform that will improve medical imaging and propel practice forward. Project Clara draws from current advancements in computation and has the ability to renew the capabilities of machines that already exist. 

According to Forbes, the machines in line for a facelift are “currently vital to the early detection of deadly conditions,” which include heart disease and cancer.

Kimberly Powell, Nvidia’s vice president of healthcare, told Forbes the supercomputer was born out of a realization that Nvidia’s GPUs—or graphics processing units—could add efficiency, value and increased quality to medical imaging practices.

“The Project Clara virtual medical imaging supercomputer is a platform initiative, taking pieces of GPU containers that already exist and all the CUDA libraries, meaning we can create imagining apps that rely on this technology,” she said. “It’s [therefore] helping us reimagine medical imaging. We can now think about ‘super scaling’ [because] it uses Kubernetes on GPUs to efficiently scale compute with demand.”