American College of Radiology unveils free AI software development platform


AI-LAB is a vendor neutral framework radiologists can use to learn about artificial intelligence and develop models for the tech.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced the launch of a free software platform, AI-LAB, designed to encourage radiologists to participate in the creation, validation and use of artificial intelligence (AI).

The software, developed by the ACR’s Data Science Institute, gives radiologists a set of tools to develop AI algorithms at their own facilities, using their own data, engineered behind their own institutional firewalls.

The open, vendor-neutral framework will also give radiologists the ability to learn about AI, contribute datasets, share algorithms, develop and evaluate models.

The use of AI technology in the healthcare and medical industries has spurred numerous new development initiatives, including the Center for Clinical Artificial Intelligence, created by Cleveland Clinic Enterprise Analytics and dedicated to new advances and applications for AI and machine learning.

In partnership with Hasso Plattner Institute, the New York health system Mount Sinai will devote new resources to advancing biomedical and digital engineering, AI, machine learning and more.

In addition to AI, interactive virtual reality (VR) could also help improve the efficiency of interventional radiology treatments, as well as increasing portability and patient access, according to a March study by the University of Washington Medical Center.