Launch of Intelligent Protocols

October 3, 2014 -

Intelligent Ultrasound Limited, a leader in imaging analytics, today announces the launch of Intelligent Protocols for cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) at the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) conference in Birmingham, UK. The BSE is the foremost developer of clinical guidelines and the primary provider of accreditation to clinicians offering echocardiographic services in the UK.

Intelligent Ultrasound, spun out of the University of Oxford in July 2012, sells its Intelligent Quality Analytics (IQA) service to providers of ultrasound imaging services.

Intelligent Protocols is a core component of IQA.It allows clinicians responsible for the provision of to create bespoke operating procedures (protocols) for specific cardiac examinations. The service allows protocols to be created quickly and easily using standardised “building blocks” that are based on internationally accepted and evidence-based clinical guidelines.

Ultrasound is the most widely used medical imaging technology and the first-line choice in patients with suspected heart disease. Rapid and reliable diagnosis is essential, but can only be achieved if the ultrasound scans generated contain all the images required and if those images are of adequate quality.

Having a formal, documented imaging protocol is a key step towards ensuring the completeness and quality of scans. A protocol clearly and unambiguously defines the minimum requirements for the scan that the operator is required to deliver and forms an auditable standard against which compliance can be assessed.

Protocols developed using the Intelligent Protocols service integrate seamlessly into Intelligent Ultrasound’s IQA service. The IQA service allows managing clinicians and their staff to monitor their performance against the quality criteria embedded in the protocol’s building blocks in order to identify training needs and assess the impact of that training on staff performance on an on-going basis.

Andy Hill. Intelligent Ultrasound’s CEO commented: “Intelligent Protocols takes most of the pain out of creating and implementing protocols for echocardiography and is the a great first step on the road towards a comprehensive, structured imaging quality improvement programme.”

Intelligent Ultrasound will be releasing its Intelligent Protocols service for obstetrics in December of this year.

For further information:

Andy Hill (CEO) Intelligent Ultrasound Limited
01235 841556

Notes for editors:
Intelligent Ultrasound’s vision is to ensure that every patient who could benefit from a diagnosis using medical imaging gets the best possible scan so that doctors can make fully informed diagnoses quickly and begin treating patients at the earliest possible time.

Intelligent Ultrasound was spun out of the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) in July 2012. The technology underpinning the company’s core products was the brainchild of Alison Noble, OBE FREng, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the IBME. Alison is a world expert in the computer vision and machine learning techniques that Intelligent Ultrasound’s products and services are built on.

The Company’s clinical advisor is Dr Aris Papageorghiou, a consultant obstetrician and expert in ultrasound image quality control and imaging protocol development. The Company’s management team is led by Andrew Barker (Chairman) and Andy Hill (CEO).

The Company has raised a total of £2.2m in equity finance, including an investment of £200k from the National Health Service’s National Innovation Centre. In addition the Company has secured grant funding to the value of £560k from the Technology Strategy Board.