UK boost for innovative lung disease algorithm



NICE, the health and care excellence body for England and Wales, has issued an update on an emerging approach to assessing lung disease.

NICE’s ‘medtech innovation briefing’ states that the Lung Texture Analysis (LTA) algorithm developed by health tech firm Imbio could be an effective addition to standard care in assessing interstitial lung disease.

The fully automated algorithm applies advanced computer vision to transform a standard medical imaging chest CT into a detailed map and quantification of the lung textures. These enable the identification of interstitial lung diseases and other fibrotic conditions.

LTA provides an intuitive texture overlay on the patient scan to highlight abnormalities and increase diagnostic confidence; and includes a detailed physician report of each patient analysis. It is based on technology known as CALIPER in multiple peer-reviewed publications.

The briefing included a description of the LTA technology, how it is used, its potential patient and system impact, along with a review of relevant published evidence and likely costs of using the technology. Clinical experts also provided comments.

Dr Graham Robinson, president of the British Society of Thoracic Imaging and co-founder of Heart & Lung Imaging Ltd, said: “At the Royal United Hospital in Bath, UK and at Heart & Lung Imaging Ltd we have been using Imbio’s LTA for both routine clinical practice and research activity for some time. It is an exciting, intuitive and genuinely useful product in the ILD space.”

Imbio’s CEO Dave Hannes commented: “Imbio is pleased to receive support for the use of Lung Texture Analysis from a world-renowned source of clinical expertise such as NICE.

“This briefing is a great milestone for the technology and for the centres that could benefit from the added value of providing a more effective patient care path due to improved diagnostic accuracy that LTA can provide.”

The NICE briefing can be accessed here

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