Imag­ing su­per­com­puter eyed

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE - —Fred Bazzoli

A new initiative aims to make the power of su­per­com­put­ing avail­able to legacy imag­ing scan­ners cur­rently being used by health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Called Project Clara, the ef­fort was started by NVIDIA. It is in­tended to de­velop a vir­tu­al­ized data cen­ter that would be avail­able on a re­mote ba­sis, able to han­dle the images from mul­ti­ple modal­i­ties and by sev­eral users at the same time, us­ing a med­i­cal imag­ing su­per­com­puter.

Ex­ec­u­tives at NVIDIA, a de­vel­oper of graph­ics pro­cess­ing unit (GPU) tech­nol­ogy, say the idea is to ad­dress the ob­so­les­cence of older imag­ing scan­ners that can’t be up­dated with newer gen­er­a­tions of GPU or su­per­com­puter tech­nol­ogy. Be­cause th­ese modal­i­ties can’t be up­dated, they have limited ac­cess to new de­vel­op­ments in imag­ing, such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and im­age pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies that are eas­ily in­cor­po­rated into new sys­tems. The com­pany says it’s build­ing on 10 years of med­i­cal imag­ing re­search and is work­ing with devel­op­ment part­ners to “reimag­ine how com­put­ing can im­prove med­i­cal imag­ing.” The part­ners in­clude re­search hos­pi­tals (in­clud­ing Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Johns Hop­kins), health­care com­pa­nies and star­tups in imag­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The tech­nol­ogy is in­tended to be vir­tual and uni­ver­sal, per­form­ing com­pu­ta­tions for a va­ri­ety of imag­ing equip­ment, such as CT, MR, ul­tra­sound, X-ray or mam­mog­ra­phy.

“New tech­nolo­gies are trans­form­ing health­care,” says Greg Za­harchuk, MD, founder of Sub­tle Med­i­cal, one of the com­pa­nies partnering on the project. “NVIDIA’s vi­sion for a vir­tu­al­ized imag­ing su­per­com­puter is an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter that will rev­o­lu­tion­ize our abil­ity to de­liver AI-pow­ered health­care.”

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