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Bayer Presents New Data from Advanced Radiology Portfolio

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 05 Mar 2023
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Image: Bayer is driving innovation in radiology with new research across the portfolio presented at ECR 2023 (Photo courtesy of Bayer)
Image: Bayer is driving innovation in radiology with new research across the portfolio presented at ECR 2023 (Photo courtesy of Bayer)

Bayer (Leverkusen, Germany) is presenting new data from the company’s advanced radiology portfolio at the 2023 European Congress of Radiology (ECR), taking place from March 1-5 in Vienna, Austria. The presentations reflect Bayer’s commitment as a leading company in key radiology areas to accelerate innovation for the benefit of patients and their physicians, including leveraging the vast potential of artificial intelligence (AI).

A key presentation highlights new clinical data on the novel development compound gadoquatrane, a next generation macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) which is currently in Phase II of clinical development and planned to enter Phase III later this year. Gadoquatrane features high stability as well as high relaxivity, which is a key property for use in contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). High relaxivity has in general the potential to enable a substantially lower gadolinium (Gd) dose. The study investigated the dose-response of gadoquatrane compared to a standard dose of gadobutrol, a well-established macrocyclic GBCA. Potential ways to reduce the contrast media dose with the sharper injection bolus profile from the MEDRADTM Centargo CT Injection System, the latest addition to Bayer’s computed tomography portfolio designed to simplify radiology workflows, are the focus of another presentation at ECR.

Bayer’s research and development projects presented at ECR also include the topic of artificial intelligence and digital tools and how to leverage their vast potential in medical imaging. One of Bayer’s featured presentations focuses on the potential value of a learning algorithm in liver imaging, a key diagnostic area for Bayer’s radiology team. The presence of AI in radiology has grown quickly with over 200 AI applications having received a CE mark for the European market so far. While the potential for AI in radiology continues to be realized, the confidence in selecting the best applications and implementing them remains in question. Against this background, another presentation explores available publications evaluating the real-world performance of AI applications to help radiologists and their teams with insights for their clinical practice.

These research and development activities being presented at ECR showcase Bayer’s advanced position in digital and AI powered medical imaging, bolstered by the recent acquisition of the global strategic imaging AI platform and solutions provider Blackford Analysis as well as the recent launch of Calantic Digital Solutions – a new platform delivering access to digital applications, including artificial intelligence enabled programs, for medical imaging. At ECR 2023, Bayer is announcing that it will partner with app developers Mediaire, Coreline, and ScreenPoint Medical to strategically expand the offering on Calantic Digital Solutions. With these new collaboration agreements, Bayer is broadening the already available options on the platform by including tools which aim to aid in neuro, cardiac and breast imaging.

In addition, Bayer’s Radiology team is presenting the launch of the MEDRADTM MRXperion MR Multi-Patient Disposable Kit, which can be utilized for multiple patients for up to 24 hours. The Multi-Patient Kit provides customers with the option to reduce time to change and refill syringes in between patients, thereby improving efficiency, lowering per-patient costs, and reducing waste. Furthermore, the MEDRADTM Injection System MRXperion has expanded its MRI field strength compatibility (0.55T – 7T).

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