RapidRead FAQ

RapidRead FAQ

1. What is AIS (Antech Imaging Services) RapidRead Radiology?

AIS RapidRead Radiology is our new artificial intelligence (AI) radiology service that pairs Antech’s board-certified radiology expertise with Mars Petcare Next-Gen AI-generated diagnostic imaging technology to deliver rapid, accurate, and insightful AI radiology reports. AIS RapidRead Radiology currently offers over 50+ findings in the thorax, abdomen, and limbs of cats and dogs. With reports generated within 10 minutes or less, AIS RapidRead Radiology is ideal when results are needed quickly and for pre-anesthetic or routine radiographs.

2. How vast is the depth of knowledge and accuracy achieved in AIS RapidRead Radiology?

The AIS-Mars Petcare Next-Gen technology team is perfecting algorithms and increasing radiology diplomate-verified data that auto-generate AIS RapidRead Radiology reports. The AIS team has reinforced the technology with nearly one million images specifically labeled by our board-certified radiologists. The AIS RapidRead Radiology team also contributes contextual assessments generated within the report for even deeper insights, making it the only AI-generated report of its kind.

3. How accurate is an AIS RapidRead Radiology report compared to a traditional
radiologist’s report?

AIS RapidRead Radiology technology has a proven accuracy rating of over 95%. These findings are based on AI reports from thousands of clinics and reviewed and confirmed by AIS board-certified radiologists. Our AIS RapidRead Radiology team of experts continues to work towards improving our accuracy. Independent research that will be peer reviewed and published is underway to validate accuracy of AIS RapidRead findings.

4. How long does it take to receive an AIS RapidRead Radiology report?

An AIS RapidRead report is delivered in approximately 10 minutes or less from the time of submission.

5. Does AIS RapidRead look for everything?

AIS RapidRead can only detect what it has been trained to detect. However, the list of findings is expanding. It is important that you, your clinicians, and your technicians know what AIS RapidRead can and cannot currently detect. Pairing this understanding with your clinical assessment will allow you to make the best use of AIS RapidRead for your patients.

Examples of what AIS RapidRead cannot detect are: comparison studies, special procedures (i.e., barium studies), certain body parts (i.e., skull), and certain findings (i.e., pregnancy checks.) You can submit these cases to a radiologist for evaluation.

6. Are AIS RapidRead reports reviewed by a specialist?

Our board-certified specialists have reviewed AIS RapidRead reports for the findings AIS RapidRead evaluates. We conduct extensive quality control (QC) of our AIS RapidRead reports ensuring we continually provide the best reports for you and your patients. Individualized AIS RapidRead reports are not reviewed by a specialist before being provided to you.

7. Can I order a traditional read after I submit an AIS RapidRead, and how much would it cost?

Yes. At the end of the AIS RapidRead report, there is a link you can use to request an overread if desired. If you order a overread after a AIS RapidRead, we waive the fee for the AIS RapidRead, and the overread will be at the standard price for your clinic.

8. What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)?

Artificial Intelligence is a broad term for all areas of data science where a computer simulates human decision-making capabilities. Machine learning is a subset of AI that uses algorithms to identify patterns in large amounts of data without explicitly being given the rules to find the patterns. Another layer of ML, called deep learning, includes multiple layers of neural networks that interconnect in various ways, depending on the type of problem the architecture is set up to solve. Successful AI and ML methodologies initially begin with human-based, specialized expertise providing the data input (supervised deep learning).

9. How does deep learning technology assist with differential diagnoses?

AIS radiologists working with Mars Petcare Next-Gen domain expert data scientists have trained AIS RapidRead Radiology to recognize normal versus abnormal for body parts and body systems. Information, such as objective measurements, is readily programmed into the system by reviewing various resources, such as hundreds of thousands of case reports, textbooks, and peer-reviewed publications. The technology produces a prioritized list of AIS RapidRead Radiology findings. Using the AIS RapidRead Radiology findings, together with the clinical observations from the veterinarian, offers a detailed assessment of the radiographs. Board-certified radiologists perform quality control and provide contextual assessments for deeper insight, making it the only AI-generated report of its kind. Therefore, the treating veterinarian can diagnose their patients faster and treat them with greater confidence sooner.

10. What is the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s (ACVR) position on the use of AI/ML for radiology findings?

While the human radiology organization equivalent to the ACVR has fully embraced AI as part of radiology’s future, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in veterinary medicine is a relatively new development. As more practices embrace the ease and efficiency of this new technology, we expect greater acceptance of AI to play a role in helping set a new standard of care across the veterinary industry. Learn more at acvr.org/artificial-intelligence-in-veterinary-diagnostic-imaging-and-radiation-oncology

11. Do I have greater liability if I use an AI-powered product like AIS RapidRead?

AIS RapidRead is like any other diagnostic tool that you routinely use in your practice. It is designed to provide you with information that you can use to aid you to more efficiently and accurately reach a diagnosis and choose the optimum course of treatment for your patient. As with any diagnostic tool, AIS RapidRead reports are designed to be used in conjunction with conventional radiology and other reads, together with a clinical examination, patient history, etc., by licensed veterinary professionals. AIS RapidRead reports do not replace the clinical judgment of the treating veterinarian. You should consult with your personal legal advisor for guidance regarding your use of AI-powered diagnostic tools in your practice.

12. Will AI replace radiologists and other specialists?

No. AIS RapidRead is designed to be used in conjunction with conventional radiology and other reads to offer veterinarians accurate information where appropriate. Specialist expertise and oversight will continue to be essential to the accuracy of the assessed and banked data. At AIS, AI is an assistive methodology that equips pet healthcare providers for 21st century care. AIS RapidRead Radiology provides the industry’s most accurate and most insightful AI radiology reports within minutes. It provides the diagnostic tool you need to improve your hospital’s efficiency and, ultimately, contribute to better patient care.

13. Want to know more?

Learn more: acvr.org/artificial-intelligence-in-veterinary-diagnostic-imaging-and-radiation-oncology/

Machine Learning in Radiology (Diane U. Wilson, DVM, DACVR, and Mark Parkinson, Director Mars Next Gen Technologies, Antech Imaging News, Spring 2020): info.antechimagingservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/2020-Spring-AIS-Newsletter.pdf

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