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UCLA licenses out AI technology that could help doctors treat spine disorders


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 11th, 2019

The University of California-Los Angeles has licensed out an artificial intelligence technology that interprets MRI scans of patients’ spines.

Developed by UCLA researchers, the technology uses an algorithm that provides objective spinal measurements to determine the degree of the disorder. The software enabled by the technology would provide health care professionals with data to help diagnose and treat back pain. Doctors could also use the data to determine if patients require spine surgery.

“Providing clinicians with more objective data to support their decision-making will ultimately lead to better identification of candidates for surgical treatments and better outcomes,” says Luke Macyszyn, head of the UCLA research team.

LA-based start-up Theseus AI has licensed the technology through the UCLA Technology Development Group. The start-up plans to integrate the algorithm into picture archiving, communication systems, and electronic health records to assist radiologists, surgeons and primary care physicians.

“The agreement with Theseus AI further validates our model of leveraging internal funding to bridge the gap between academia and external interest,” says Thomas Lipkin, director of the Technology Development Group. “This was one of several projects from the UCLA Innovation Fund that we believe can be successfully commercialized to advance medical care.”

Source: UCLA Newsroom

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