The American College of Radiology (ACR), a professional medical society, has launched a free software platform, named AI-LAB, to foster radiologists to participate in the creation, validation, and use of Artificial Intelligence solutions. Created by the ACR’s Data Science Institute, the software offers radiologists toolsets to develop AI algorithms at their own facilities by utilizing their own data. It also provides radiologists the ability to learn about AI, contribute datasets, share algorithms, create and assess models.
In the healthcare and medical industries, the utilization of AI technology has spurred several new development initiatives, such as the Center for Clinical Artificial Intelligence, which was built by Cleveland Clinic Enterprise Analytics and committed to new advances and applications for AI and Machine Learning. In a statement, the Institute’s chief science officer, Keith Dreyer stated that acquiring the necessary large amounts of patient data for algorithm training has been a huge problem for developers up to this point. Consequently, AI has been slow to develop and has not spread widely to improve patient care. He further noted that enabling radiologists to develop AI on-premises, at their own institutions, could unlock massively larger data stores available for the development of AI, leading to a rapid expansion of AI-based solutions available to everyone.
The American College of Radiology free software platform can also support future FDA initiatives including the use of real-world data for local adaptive learning for algorithm improvement, in addition to the monitoring of continuously learning algorithms. Bibb Allen Jr., the Institute’s chief medical officer said in a statement that by enabling radiologists to actively participate in all aspects of AI development, we can expect to see high impact healthcare solutions grow rapidly. Allen further added that this new initiative fills existing gaps and permits direct participation throughout the AI development life-cycle.