A new research laboratory at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Worcester, MA, has launched this week with the goal of developing, testing, and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and radiomics methods for thoracic imaging applications.The Pulmonary Artificial Intelligence and Radiomics Research (PAIRR) Laboratory is a research unit of the radiology department at UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School. It will focus on the translation of AI-based algorithms into the clinical routine, according to lab director Dr. Alexander Bankier, PhD.

“This is important; research studies have shown the advantage of AI in a research context,” Bankier told AuntMinnie.com. “But can we replicate this advantage in clinical reality?”

The researchers will seek to determine the real added value of AI algorithms in patient care, as well as find the best methods for implementing these algorithms, according to Bankier. They will also assess the impact of AI on workflow, the acceptance of AI by radiologists, the improvements needed to increase the acceptance and productivity of these algorithms, and the metrics for measuring the success of AI.

By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer