New x-ray powered by artificial intelligence launched in Australia

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SK Telecom’s veterinary x-ray image diagnosis assistance service, X Caliber, provides advanced diagnostic capabilities

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SK Telecom (SKT), a Korean-based technology company, has officially launched its artificial intelligence (AI) powered veterinary X-ray image diagnosis assistance service, X Caliber, in Australia. According to a company release,1 the X Caliber uses AI to analyze X-ray images of dogs and cats within 15 seconds, approximately. The X Caliber also uses cloud to store and retrieve data, which eliminates the need to install a separate server in the veterinary hospital. Veterinarians can then examine the results of the AI-based image diagnosis on a mobile device or computer at anytime. The x-ray system can also be easily upgraded and managed, according to SKT.

The X Caliber was first developed in 2022 and presented to veterinarians during the 2022 Seoul Veterinary Conference.2

“With AI technologies being developed and applied to the medical sector at a rapid pace, the commercialization of SKT’s X Caliber is expected to serve as an important turning point for the advancement of veterinary medicine,” said Lee Young-won, professor at Chungnam National University College of Veterinary Medicine in a press release.2

The sensitivity of X Caliber stands at 86-94%1:

  • 94% for detection of 16 different abnormal patterns from abdominal X-ray images of dogs
  • 88% for detection of 10 different abnormal patterns from chest X-ray images of dogs
  • 86% for detection of 7 different abnormalities from musculoskeletal X-ray images of dogs

With the latest launch in Australia, the X Caliber can be used by more than 100 veterinary clinics across the country. This is a necessary achievement for Australia because of the country’s high volume of pet ownership. According to Animal Medicines Australia,3 there is an estimated 28.7 million pets in Australia as of 2023 and it has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. Approximately 69% of households in Australia own pets, with dogs being the most common at 48%, followed by cats at 33%.

SKT is currently actively providing beta service to veterinary clinics in North America, Europe, and Asia to further expand X Caliber's presence in the global market.1

References

  1. SKT launches AI-powered veterinary diagnostic assistance service X Caliber in Australia. News release. SK Telecom. May 28, 2024. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skt-launches-ai-powered-veterinary-diagnostic-assistance-service-x-caliber-in-australia-302157305.html
  2. SKT launches AI-based veterinary x-ray image diagnosis assistance service ‘X Caliber’. News release. SK Telecom. September 26, 2022. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://www.sktelecom.com/en/press/press_detail.do?idx=1544
  3. Pets in Australia: A national survey of pets and people. Animal Medicines Australia. 2022. Accessed June 3, 2024. https://animalmedicinesaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/AMAU008-Pet-Ownership22-Report_v1.6_WEB.pdf
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