Belfast medtech firm wins ‘Best Use of AI in Health’ at European DatSci Awards 2019

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    Belfast-based medical tech firm axial3D has been awarded ‘Best use of Data Science/AI in Health & Wellbeing” at the European DatSci Awards.

    The company won the award for its use of Machine Learning in the medical 3D printing workflow.

    axial3D wants to improve the access clinicians have to 3D printing by giving them easy access to software and services, which they hope will bridge the gap between technology and medicine.

    By using 3D printed models, clinicians can gain vital insights ahead of surgery which can drastically change patient outcomes. 3D printed models also prove to be extremely useful in aiding patient education and communication ahead of complex surgeries.

    Automation will continue to play a key role in these ambitious plans in the years to come.

    Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at axial3D, Daniel Crawford said: “When you look at the scale of surgery, there are three million operations per year. If we want 3D printed organs to be the norm – to unlock that market – we must automate this process. Luckily there are generalizable features in any person’s anatomy. In other words, commonalities with how their heart or spine will look. We can use previous scan files to train a classifier to label images.”

    Axial3D hopes to expand further into Europe, the USA and other regions.

    The European DatSci Awards celebrate and connect the most talented data scientists and their teams from across Europe. Therefore, the axial3D team say they hope that this accolade of ‘Best Use of AI in Health’ will help spread the word that 3D printing can make a genuine impact for both clinicians and patients in the years to come.

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