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What are the main Medical applications for embedded vision products?

Embedded vision & video analysis has the potential to become the primary treatment tool in hospitals and clinics, and can increase the efficiency and accuracy of radiologists and clinicians.

The high quality and definition of the output from scanners and x-ray machines, makes them ideal for automatic analysis, be it for tumor and anomaly detection, or for monitoring changes over a period of time in dental offices or for cancer screening. Other applications include motion analysis systems, which are being used for gait analysis for injury rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Video analytics can also be used in hospitals to monitor the medical staff, ensuring all rules and procedures are properly followed. For example ensuring all doctors scrub in properly before surgery and patients are visited at the proper intervals.

What are the primary embedded vision products used in medical?

Medical imaging devices including CT, MRI, mammography & X-ray machines embedded with computer vision technology and connected to medical images taken earlier in a patient’s life will provide doctors with a very powerful tool to help detect rapidly advancing diseases in a fraction of the time although at this time the use of this technology today is extremely limited.

Computer-aided detection or computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) software is currently being used to assist doctors in the analysis of medical images by helping to highlight potential problem areas. This industry is also in the very early stages at this point.

Who are the main suppliers of embedded vision products in medical?

The medical vertical is in the very early stages of embedding computer vision in their medical imaging products. Of all of the applications for embedded vision technology, IMS Research believes that medical is the least developed. Although the number of companies developing embedded vision technologies specifically targeted at medical applications is very small at the moment, it is expected that all of the major players in the medical imaging space such as GE, Phillips, Toshiba & Siemens among others will eventually begin to offer products with this enhanced functionality.