Aidoc, which bills itself as an AI solutions provider for radiologists, today closed a $20 million extension to the series B it raised in April 2019, bringing the round total to $47 million and the company’s total raised to $60 million. Cofounder and CEO Elad Walach says the money will be used to support new customers after revenue tripled from the beginning of 2020.
Computer vision holds promise for the $6.5 trillion medical diagnostics industry, as highlighted by a 2018 paper in the journal Nature that found that some algorithms can identify skin cancer as accurately as a panel of doctors. For instance, Sight Diagnostics uses machine learning algorithms to perform point-of-care complete blood count (CBC) tests within 10 minutes with no more than a pinprick of blood. And New York-based Paige.ai detects breast, prostate, and other cancers with deep learning models trained on clinical imaging data.
Aidoc got its start in 2016, when veterans of the Israeli Defense Force put their heads together to create an AI platform targeting certain health care verticals. The startup’s diagnostics tool set, which doesn’t require dedicated hardware, runs continuously in an on-premises virtual machine and ingests scans from picture archiving, communication, and radiological information systems. It deidentifies these and sends them onto Aidoc’s cloud, where algorithms identify and highlight abnormalities before returning the images to radiology workstations for reidentification.
Aidoc offers tests for intracranial hemorrhages and spinal fractures, plus several chest exams for pulmonary embolisms, pneumothorax, rib fractures, and lung nodules. (All excepting the chest tests, which are limited by U.S. and EU law to investigational use, have CE markings indicating that they conform with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within most of Europe.) Abdominal tests for free air, dissections, and aneurysms are currently in development.
A preliminary study on Aidoc’s pulmonary embolism algorithm by researchers at the University Hospital of Basel found the algorithm reached 93% sensitivity and 95% specificity. In this context, sensitivity measures the percentage of sick people correctly identified as having an embolism, while sensitivity measures the percentage of healthy people correctly identified as not having an embolism.
Recently, Aidoc received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deploy its algorithms for “adjunctive” detection of findings associated with COVID-19. The models aren’t meant to replace traditional COVID-19 diagnostic tests such as serological tests and nasopharyngeal swabs, but the allowance acknowledges they could be used to prioritize incidental (i.e., non-specific) CT findings tied with COVID-19 infections by isolating anomalies in CT studies containing the lung or part of the lung.
Aidoc claims that its products can reduce report turnaround times by up to 60.1%, and says that they have so far analyzed over 1.2 million scans, detected over 360,000 signs of disease, and helped to prioritize more than 150,000 cases across over 400 inpatient and outpatient clinics, level 1 trauma centers, imaging centers, and teleradiology facilities across five continents.
That’s up from around 300 medical centers as of May, but Aidoc has broader ambitions. Walach says the company hopes to reach 500 centers by 2021.
Utah family sues police, claiming 'gratuitous violence'
The family of a Utah man who was shot at nearly 30 times and killed as he ran from police filed a lawsuit Friday against Salt Lake City and its police department. The family of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal family allege the officers engaged in “gratuitous violence” by shooting at him between 27 and 29 times after he was already on the ground and incapacitated. “Despite the family’s attempts to negotiate, it is apparent that the SLCPD and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office (are) not interested in real reform,” the family’s attorneys wrote in a statement.
Marine Lance Corporal at Large After Fleeing Camp Lejeune
A Camp Lejeune Marine is wanted by authorities after fleeing from the North Carolina base Thursday afternoon, officials said Friday evening.
Lance Cpl. Shawn M. Miller, a field artillery cannoneer with 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, was last seen around 6 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, the town outside Lejeune, according to a news release from 2nd Marine Division.
Officials told Military.com that Miller has not been formally charged, but would not otherwise characterize the circumstances that resulted in his being ordered to pretrial confinement. The release stated that Miller has active warrants in the state of North Carolina.
No description of Miller has been released, nor has information on whether he is believed to be armed. A spokesman with Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which is handling the investigation into Miller, told Military.com the investigation was ongoing and no other information was immediately available.
“If you believe you know of Lance Cpl. Miller’s whereabouts, please contact local law enforcement officials,” 2nd Marine Division said in the statement.
— Gina Harkins contributed.
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‘Father of the Bride’ Cast Reunites After 25 Years for Pandemic Wedding
After 25 years, the “Father of the Bride” family reunited on screen, with additional members, for “Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)” streaming exclusively on Netflix’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on Friday.
The film, a remake of the 1950 original movie of the same name, tells the story of George Banks (Steve Martin), who has to come to terms with his daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) getting married and moving out. Diane Keaton plays his wife, Nina.
The reunion, introduced by Reese Witherspoon, was to benefit the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meals to communities affected by disasters, such as the coronavirus pandemic.
Called together by the Banks’ son, Matty (Kieran Culkin), for a special wedding announcement, the family gathered for a Zoom call. Along with Martin, Keaton, Williams-Paisley and Culkin, George Newbern and Martin Short reprised their roles as Annie’s husband Bryan MacKenzie and over-the-top European wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer, respectively. All grown up, Georgie (Ben Platt) and Megan (Florence Pugh), the MacKenzie’s children, also appeared on the call.
Newcomers included Rachel (Alexandra Shipp), a doctor on the frontlines of the pandemic and Matty’s fiancé, and Robert De Niro, Rachel’s father, James.
Netflix teased the reunion event Wednesday morning with a short video posted on Twitter, depicting a screen-recorded video of George checking his emails, which included messages about his recent mask order, Annie’s digitized wedding photos and a reminder for a family video call on Sept. 25.
As the family catches up, viewers experience proper nostalgia as George assumes his overprotective fatherly ways, checking in with the family about their cleaning rituals and the status of the thousand masks he sent them, and stressing the importance of disinfecting absolutely everything. When his family assures him there’s no need to worry, he explains he has never had to cope with such a stressful time — well, not since Annie’s wedding.
So, naturally, when Matty announces he called the family together for a surprise online wedding to Rachel, who just finished a 24-hour shift and is quarantining in a hotel room, George freezes on screen — and not as a result of technical difficulties. Once he processes his shock, and irritation with James for getting out of having to pay for an expensive wedding, the festivities commence.
Rachel and Matty recite their vows, mimicking officiant Franck’s thick accent. As the wedding commences, Rachel is directed to find a bouquet of flowers from the minibar and her mother’s wedding ring.
Montages of the films play throughout the Zoom call, and during the wedding, George narrates, “We parents never fully see our children as grownups. We look at them and can still see the little kid they used to be. The memories of all those moments we shared stay with us. Not just the big ones, the ones we all have photos of, but the little ones — it’s especially those memories, the ones you’d think you’d forget over time that we treasure the most.”
Once Matty and Rachel are pronounced husband and wife, Franck’s Zoom background explodes in fireworks and music swells in tune to the joyous moment. Following George’s toast, which emphasizes his happiness at finally having a doctor in the family, Georgie performs a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” bringing the celebration to a close.
Throughout the reunion special, a banner prompted viewers to donate at wck.org/father.
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