Ohad Arazi and Clarius Disrupt Medical Imaging with AI-Powered Wireless Ultrasound Solutions

Published on March 21, 2024

Medical imaging is crucial for saving lives. Today, as many as 25 million medical professionals globally do not have access to medical imaging, proven to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs. Point-of-care ultrasound is considered a critical tool for achieving the quadruple aim in healthcare. It seeks to achieve a balance between patient experience, improving population health, reducing healthcare costs, and promoting the well-being of healthcare providers.

Born from a vision to democratize medical imaging, Clarius has cemented its position as a global leader in wireless ultrasound solutions. The Canada-based company recently ranked #2 in Most Innovative Company in Medical Devices by Fast Company.

Pioneering Accessibility in Healthcare Imaging

Imagine a world where medical imaging isn’t confined to specialized centers but is accessible wherever healthcare is delivered. With this mission, Clarius, founded in 2016, introduced the first wireless pocket ultrasound system with HD imaging that operated with a mobile app on both Apple and Android platforms. With a steady commitment to accessibility, Clarius introduced the first wireless pocket ultrasound system, revolutionizing the medical imaging industry.

“Today, Clarius has performed over 5 million scans worldwide by delivering high-performance, affordable, and easy-to-use solutions with the power of AI. Our key markets globally are emergency and critical care departments in urban and rural hospitals, pain management clinics, aesthetic medicine and orthopedic surgery,” says Ohad Arazi, President and CEO of Clarius.

AI: The Powerhouse Behind Clarius’ Innovations

Arazi explains, “Ultrasound imaging is considered one of the safest, effective and affordable ways for clinicians to look beneath the skin in real-time to diagnose and treat patients efficiently. But interpreting grey scale images is a known challenge for new users.” Clarius focuses on AI to transform ultrasound imaging into an intuitive, user-friendly experience. AI-powered image optimization streamlines the process, making adjustments as simple as operating a smartphone.

Voice controls and T-ModeTM AI simplify the learning curve, empowering clinicians to understand ultrasound with ease. Moreover, Clarius’ AI for musculoskeletal imaging is designed to identify, measure, and label key anatomical structures in real-time, providing accurate and reliable ultrasound information to clinicians, while AutoPreset AI instantly evaluates ultrasound images in real-time to recognize ultrasound anatomy.

Technologies Disrupting Wireless Ultrasound

As more handheld ultrasound devices entered the market with a “one-size fits all” scanner, Clarius responded by offering 11 different ultrasound scanners catering to the needs of clinicians in various specialties.

The Clarius L20 scanner, with its ultra-high frequency capabilities, has become a game-changer in aesthetics. It enables extremely clear imaging of shallow anatomy from the skin down to 4 cm. Aesthetics practitioners also use Clarius ultrasound to clearly visualize facial and superficial anatomy in real-time to safely guide filler procedures and to confidently treat complications.

Moreover, T-ModeTMAI is an innovative educational tool that empowers clinicians to analyze ultrasound images with precision using distinctive colors, patterns, and labels for different anatomical tissues and structures.

Expanding Horizons in the US

“Hospitals in the United States seek products and solutions that address the quadruple aim – better patient outcomes, improved provider experience, lower costs, and improved patient experience. Our products address all four quadrants of this aim and are therefore already well positioned for hospital use,” opines Arazi.

In 2023, Clarius secured an agreement with Premier, the second-largest group purchasing organization (GPO) in the U.S. The company also aims to partner with Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs). Development is in progress for a fleet management solution for the requirements of IT Administrators and POCUS Directors at the system level. This will ensure compliance with risk assessment standards integral to contracting with major IDNs.

Vision for the Future

Equitable access to care is one of the largest challenges healthcare is facing globally. COVID-19 has further exacerbated this problem by increasing pressures on systems with shrinking numbers of healthcare practitioners. The growing cost of care is another aspect of this due to the reliance on hospital-intensive procedures, large capital purchases of big-box systems, and the over-dependence on the most expensive human resource in the care continuum (physicians).

With a BHAG to touch 30 million lives by 2030, Clarius remains steadfast in its commitment to making healthcare imaging universally accessible. Over eight years, the Clarius team has miniaturized ultrasound. The Clarius HD3 handheld ultrasound is doing wonders to make imaging more accessible for everyone. As of February 2024, they have touched over 3.6 million lives — patients and clinicians who had access to Clarius — and received or delivered better care because of our innovations. Only 26.4 million lives to go!

Safaque Kagdi is a Grit Daily Leadership Network member and a PR Consultant and Content Writer with 12 years of experience. She is passionate about startup stories, entrepreneurial journeys, leadership, business, rising artists and authors. She was recognized as one of the 2018 Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs by Silicon India magazine.

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