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Emory Healthcare Researcher Wins Two Awards Using Konica Minolta’s AI Analysis Tool With Dynamic Digital Radiography in Shoulder Pathology

WAYNE, NJ, October 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., congratulates the Emory Healthcare researchers who won two awards at the 2022 Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Resident Research Symposium Eastern Region for the presentation, “Artificial Intelligence Automated Analysis of Scapula Dynamics Using Dynamic Digital Radiography: An Initial Reliability Study.” Zaamin B. Hussain, MD, an orthopedic surgeon working with Eric Wagner, MD, MSc, director of upper extremity research and assistant professor at Emory Healthcare, received a second prize and the Presenter’s Choice Award. He will then present his research later this year at the National OREF Symposium.

The research of Dr. Hussain evaluated a prototype artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by Konica Minolta Healthcare for characterizing shoulder dynamics. Seventy-three shoulders (23 normal controls, 41 rotator cuff tears, and nine adhesive capsulitis) were imaged using Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) and reviewed by two trained readers.

With the DDR image data, Dr. Hussain visualize changes in shoulder pathology and, using the proof-of-concept AI tool, obtain measurements to calculate the scapulohumeral rhythm (SHR). SHR measurement is a time-consuming manual process for calculating the scapulohumeral ratio and evaluating shoulder joint function. The new AI tool uses a machine learning algorithm that uses a convolutional neural network architecture to automate this analysis. The research of Dr. Hussain showed that the AI ​​tool has good reliability (ICC 0.58 (95% confidence interval 0.4-0.71)) between manual and AI measurements of SHR.

“We demonstrated the early promise of this AI tool, enabling faster measurement of SHR and enabling automated image analysis and diagnostics in shoulder pathology,” said Dr. Hussain. “DDR offers the best of both worlds – it allows us to dynamically visualize the shoulder while in motion and enable quantitative measurement of shoulder anatomy in motion, the gold standard for distinguishing changes in joint anatomy. improving the prototype AI tool could lead to more efficient integration of SHR measurements into the clinical workflow and increase the clinical usefulness of DDR in a clinical setting.”

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Konica Minolta partners with Emory Healthcare, one of the nation’s most comprehensive academic healthcare systems, and its doctors at the Orthopedics & Spine Hospital, including Drs. Wagner and Hussain, to evaluate the clinical value of DDR in an orthopedic setting. The prototype AI tool for SHR measurements is the realization of research and development at Konica Minolta in AI-assisted image analysis and diagnosis with DDR. This represents a new imaging application to assess both critical shoulder joints, helping physicians better understand the patient’s injury. As institutions adopt DDR in clinical practice, Konica Minolta continues to work with these centers to provide the technical and technological support needed to evaluate new and existing applications of this new technology.

“One of the really exciting things about DDR is the ability to see what’s happening to a patient’s joints in a way we’ve never been able to see before,” says Dr. Wagner. “In patients with limited range of motion, I can identify the point at which the patient has difficulty and see the source of the limitations. These insights are especially useful in treatment decisions and pre-operative planning. In the shoulder, for example, using DDR, we can identify the limitations in differentiating shoulder versus shoulder blade motion, potentially improving our diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms.New tools that help quantify how structures move relative to each other only add to our understanding of the individual patient so that we can get the best possible Although this work and collaboration has already resulted in national and international presentations, publications and research awards, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg with this technology.”

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“Konica Minolta is committed to listening to our customers’ needs and providing solutions that help them answer a clinical question so they can continue to make a difference in patient care,” said John Sabol, PhD, Clinical Research Manager at Konica Minolta Healthcare. “Together with our academic and clinical users, we can advance the science behind DDR, whether in thoracic, orthopedic or other anatomical imaging, enabling them to improve radiography faster for lower costs and better decisions.”

About Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc.
Konica Minolta Healthcare is a world-class supplier and market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and healthcare information technology. The company’s focus is to contribute to life-changing progress through the transformation of primary imaging, enabling the invisible to be seen. Primary imaging, the most widely used medical imaging technologies, include X-ray, ultrasound and image management systems. By further developing these readily available technologies, we can provide greater diagnostic capabilities to a greater number of people.

With nearly 150 years of endless innovation, imaging is in Konica Minolta’s DNA. Originally a camera and film manufacturer, the company has developed its own technologies and continues to develop techniques to visualize what is not visible. Innovation allows the company to be a strong strategic partner, understanding what value means for customers and how Konica Minolta’s innovations can meet specific needs and lead to better decisions faster.

Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., headquartered in Wayne, NJ, is a division of Konica Minolta, Inc. For more information about Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc., follow us LinkedIn, Twitter and facebookor visit https://healthcare.konicaminolta.us.

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