Artificial Intelligence – The Future of MRI Technology

by | Feb 4, 2021 | MRI

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Although it is historically considered as one of the “newest” fixtures in the diagnostic imaging world, Magnetic Resonance (MR) has set itself apart from its predecessors with the change it has brought forth.

Today, MR technology has maintained a position of relevance and influence, thanks to the fact that it constantly fosters and helps craft the next great advancements in diagnostic medicine. With the help of this technology, manufacturers and technologists alike have constantly pushed the pace on what professionals can achieve, prevent, and predict.

As technology evolves and MR technology continues to break barriers and move past limitations that many stuck to in the past, the developments that come out annually show that innovation runs deep. While the system in question is already advanced, experts believe that we’re only seeing the beginning, thanks to one development: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in MR imaging.


AI becoming a constantly-present force in MR imaging

With AI finding its application in a wide range of fields and systems, its presence in the world of MR imaging is something that industry experts have expected.

Thanks to the inner workings of modern AI technology and its capability to bring the best out of intricate systems and technologies, it has rightfully found its place in the world of diagnostic imaging. Now that the artificial intelligence applications themselves are being melded into the world of soft tissue analysis and MRI systems, healthcare establishments can expect a future of new possibilities within reach!


The basics of what AI can achieve for MRI work today

Currently, the presence of AI technology in MRI scanners has been manifested in various systems that have improved the way imaging teams look into their scans. 

One such example of these manifestations is the feed-forward platform that a team of researchers created by meshing the two technologies in question. After being tested using more than 50,000 MRI images, this experiment’s results were positively surprising because they were able to achieve desirable results by reconstructing clearer images with less noise. 

By reducing noise patterns found in traditional MRI machines, researchers concluded that AI’s assistance made it much easier to attain a near-instantaneous diagnosis. This means that medical professionals can work with more expediency when treating significant conditions like stroke and cancer without needing invasive diagnosis. 


Potential for better pattern identification

Currently, the presence of AI in MRI technology is touted to solve one of the medical diagnostic industry’s biggest problems (and aspirations): Attaining the fastest and most accurate identification of patterns in MRI scans.

Many experts believe that this technology’s inclusion can solve the problem at hand, given artificial intelligence’s ability to piece unclear images together based on machine learning and image processing. With the help of an AI-driven platform—such as that developed by the National Health Service (NHS)—it will be possible to identify organs and tumors without complications in a matter of minutes. Thanks to its ability to quickly align image data points, developed AI/MRI systems will be able to achieve a significant task in a fraction of time for what would usually take hours. 



While today’s MRI technology is more advanced than ever, one reality that healthcare experts can look forward to is the presence of AI technology and its potential to heighten the quality of service. Although MRI/AI applications are still in the early developmental stages, the future remains bright for those that want to treat their patients better, diagnose-deeper rooted problems faster, and handle problems with minimal error! 

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