and Intel are collaborating on new smart workflow solutions to improve
obstetric measurements that contribute to maternal and fetal safety and can
help save lives. Using an Intel® Core™ i3 processor, the Intel® Distribution of
OpenVINO™ toolkit and OpenCV library, Samsung Medison's BiometryAssist™
automates and simplifies fetal measurements, while LaborAssist™ automatically
estimates the fetal angle of progression (AoP) during labor for a complete
understanding of a patient's birthing progress, without the need for invasive
digital vaginal exams.
"Samsung Medison's BiometryAssist is a semi-automated fetal biometry measurement system that automatically locates the region of interest and places a caliper for fetal biometry, demonstrating a success rate of 97% to 99% for each parameter1. Such high efficacy enables its use in the current clinical practice with high precision."
Kwon, MD PhD, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yonsei University Health
System in Seoul, Korea
Why It's Needed: According to the World Health Organization, about 295,000 women
died during and following pregnancy and childbirth in 2017, even as maternal
mortality rates decreased. While every pregnancy and birth is unique, most
maternal deaths are preventable. Research from the Perinatal Institute found
that tracking fetal growth is essential for good prenatal care and can help
prevent stillbirths when physicians are able to recognize growth restrictions.
"At Intel, we
are focused on creating and enabling world-changing technology that enriches
the lives of every person on Earth," said Claire Celeste Carnes, strategic
marketing director for Health and Life Sciences at Intel. "We are working with
companies like Samsung Medison to adopt the latest technologies in ways that
enhance the patient safety and improve clinical workflows, in this case for the
important and time-sensitive care provided during pregnancy and delivery."
How It Works: BiometryAssist automates and standardizes fetal measurements in
approximately 85 milliseconds with a single click, providing over 97% accuracy1.
This allows doctors to spend more time talking with their patients while also
standardizing fetal measurements, which have historically proved challenging to
accurately provide. With BiometryAssist, physicians can quickly verify
consistent measurements for high volumes of patients.
working to improve the efficiency of new diagnostic features, as well as
healthcare services, and the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO library and OpenCV
library have been great allies in reaching these goals," said Won-Chul Bang,
corporate vice president and head of Product Strategy, Samsung Medison.
LaborAssist helps physicians estimate fetal AOP and head direction. This
enables both the physician and patient to understand the fetal descent and
labor process and determine the best method for delivery. There is always risk
with delivery and a slowing progress could result in issues for the baby.
Obtaining more accurate and real-time progression of labor can help physicians
determine the best mode of delivery and potentially help reduce the number of
unnecessary cesarean sections.
provides automatic measurement of the angle of progression as well as
information pertaining to fetal head direction and estimated head station. So
it is useful for explaining to the patient and her family how the labor is
progressing, using ultrasound images which show the change of head station
during labor. It is expected to be of great assistance in the assessment of
labor progression and decision-making for delivery," said Professor Min Jeong
Oh, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea University Guro
Hospital in Seoul, Korea.
and LaborAssist are already in use in 80 countries, including the United
States, Korea, Italy, France, Brazil and Russia. The solutions received Class 2
clearance by the FDA in 2020.
Samsung Medison, located in Pangyo, was founded in 1985. It is a specialized company for ultrasonic diagnostic equipment and is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, a global company. Samsung Medison commercialized a Live 3D ultrasound diagnostic device in 2001 and was acquired by Samsung Electronics in 2011. Since then, it has been applied to medical devices in various fields ranging from radiology, obstetrics and gynecology to medical devices, introducing ultrasound products for diagnosis.