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Critical Use Cases of AI in Orthopedics
Enhanced AI applications are currently under development to make computer-assisted surgery much more accurate and successful.
Fremont, CA: Artificial intelligence has developed to enhance sectors from healthcare to power, retail, and beyond. So how would these technological advances impact the orthopedic specialty? We analyze three top developments in orthopedic-focused AI to keep an eye on as innovations begin to shift the landscape of medical practice.
Improvements in Radiography
One research in 2017 analyzed the possibility of using AI programs to read orthopedic trauma radiographs. The AI software has been compared with the gold standard for fractures. They observed that the AI software had an accuracy of at least 90 percent when examining laterality, body part, and exam view, while the final fracture accuracy was 83 percent. The program also performed similarly to manual reviews of the same images by two senior orthopedic surgeons. As this program progresses, identifying a mass volume of radiographic images and linking these images to findings can significantly impact orthopedic specialization's efficacy and productivity.
Enhanced AI applications are currently under development to make computer-assisted surgery much more accurate and successful. For example, incomplete hip surgery, computer assistance for positioning a prosthesis cup has the same accuracy rate as conventional approaches. Besides, the mapping of CT and MRI scans to the physical bone can allow the computer system to navigate for a surgeon, improves the positioning of the knee replacement implant, and make a much smaller incision for the patient.
Virtual Nursing Assistants
Digital nursing assistants avoid unnecessary appointments and take away the burden from medical practitioners. According to Syneos Health Communications, 64 percent of patients reported being satisfied with AI nurse assistants. Patients see the key advantages of virtual nursing assistants as 24/7 access to a program that can offer answers and general assistance, particularly in the form of general health monitoring and answering medical questions. Potential advantages for virtual nursing assistants' practices include actions that do not require medical expertise to be done. For example, guiding patients to the right consultation room or relaying the treatment cost.