New medical tech shows your body's response to treatment before operation

Ian Bush
April 30, 2019 - 8:09 pm
An emerging medical technology shows how your body will respond to treatment well before you're wheeled into the operating room.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An emerging medical technology shows how your body will respond to treatment well before you're wheeled into the operating room. 

Combine the stunning detail of today's medical imaging with artificial intelligence and you have what Dorin Comaniciu with Siemens Healthineers says are the makings of personalized precision medicine.

"It's a model that beats like my heart," Comaniciu said.  

Same dimensions, same pressure variations, same movement of electrical signals.

"But this model is under our control," he explained. 

He is talking about a digital twin that can be used for testing therapies to help doctors predict what will happen in a particular patient using a particular procedure. 

Comaniciu, who runs the artificial intelligence and digital innovation division at Siemens Healthineers, told White & Williams' MEDx conference that such systems are being tested more frequently in clinical settings. 

A bit further off is a health data profile built from birth, with neural networks assessing everything from a person's yearly physicals to their daily smart watch info.

"Such networks will provide recommendations. What should we do to lead a better and happier life? When disease happens, we will have the right information to take the right decisions," he added.