Avicenna.AI secures FDA clearance for its CINA Head neurovascular imaging artificial intelligence tool

Avicenna intracranial haemorrage and large vessel occlusion identified

Medical imaging artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Avicenna.AI has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its CINA Head triage AI solution for neurovascular emergencies. The FDA’s decision covers CINA’s automatic detection capabilities for both intracranial haemorrhage and large vessel occlusion (LVO) from CT-scan imaging.

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the USA, with more than 795,000 strokes resulting in more than 100,000 deaths each year. It is estimated that up to a third of the most common type of stroke are caused by LVO, when a clot blocks the circulation of the blood in the brain. Around one in 10 strokes are thought to be caused by intracranial haemorrhage. Using a combination of deep learning and machine learning technologies, CINA Head automatically detects and prioritises acute intracranial haemorrhage and LVO cases within 20 seconds, seamlessly alerting the radiologist within their existing systems and workflow.

Peter Chang, radiologist and co-founder of Avicenna.AI, says: “When dealing with a stroke, time is of the essence and being able to prioritise effectively is critical to saving lives and improving outcomes. Not only does CINA Head help radiologists to identify pathologies quickly, but also to highlight those that require the most urgent care.”

CINA’s intracranial haemorrhage detection capability was validated using data from 814 cases conducted at more than 250 imaging centres across the USA, with 96% accuracy, 91.4% sensitivity, and 97.5% specificity. The product’s LVO detection capability was validated based on 476 cases, with 97.7% accuracy, 97.9% sensitivity, and 97.6% specificity.

Cyril Di Grandi, co-founder and CEO of Avicenna.AI, comments: “We are excited to have received FDA clearance for CINA Head and are looking forward to working with emergency departments and stroke centres across the USA to help improve detection, decision-making, and patient outcomes. As a triage AI tool that identifies multiple pathologies, we believe that CINA Head delivers more value than AI tools or algorithms that only target a single condition.”

CINA Head is the first in a family of AI tools for emergency radiology being developed by Avicenna.AI. Subsequent products spanning the trauma and vascular fields are expected to be unveiled in the next 12 months.


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