SignalPET delves into the current state of veterinary AI

At the 2024 Western Veterinary Conference

The SignalPET team hosted an in-depth discussion with industry leaders exploring Veterinary AI: Adoption, Implications and Benefits

This comprehensive session at the WVC featured Dr. Jenifer Chatfield, Aina Tersol, and Dr. Daniel Levenson — discussing the present role of artificial intelligence in veterinary radiology and a look into the near future.

Current challenges in AI adoption

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield opened the session by addressing the significant challenges faced by veterinary practices when incorporating new technologies like AI. She noted the common hurdles, such as resistance to change among staff and the steep learning curves associated with new systems. Dr. Chatfield also introduced a critical research study titled “Comparison of radiological interpretation made by veterinary radiologists and AI software for canine and feline radiographic studies.” This study highlights the accuracy and reliability of AI compared to traditional methods, underlining the potential of AI in enhancing diagnostic precision. Furthermore, she touched upon the important topic of liability, discussing the legal perspectives and responsibilities that come with the deployment of AI in medical diagnostics.

Demystifying AI: separating fact from fiction

Aina Tersol, a machine learning and data scientist, took the stage to demystify AI for the audience. She provided a clear explanation of what AI is and how it functions within the context of veterinary radiology. Tersol emphasized the reality behind AI’s capabilities and limitations, offering a balanced view that helped attendees understand the practical applications of AI in their daily practice.

Practical benefits in the real world

Dr. Daniel Levenson shared his personal experiences with the benefits of AI in his veterinary practice. He highlighted how AI has not only bolstered his confidence in diagnostic practices but also how it has enabled more affordable access to care for pet owners. Dr. Levenson discussed the role of AI as a validation tool that supports radiologists’ interpretations, enhancing the credibility and effectiveness of communication with pet owners. He concluded by discussing the broader advantages of technology transformation in veterinary medicine, including improved service quality and operational efficiency.

Overall, the session at the WVC provided a rich overview of the current state and future potential of AI in veterinary radiology, encompassing its challenges, practical applications, and transformative benefits for the field. The talk left attendees with a nuanced understanding of how AI can be integrated into their practices to improve outcomes for patients and streamline operations.