Lucida Medical Ltd, a Cambridge-based start-up company dedicated to improving cancer diagnosis, has announced Class IIb CE certification for its AI-based prostate cancer detection software, Prostate Intelligence™ (Pi™). Built with leading clinicians and UK NHS hospitals, the CE mark means the software can now benefit patients across Europe.
A key clinical study showed that radiologists can miss 12% of significant prostate cancers using MRI, and refer 55% of individuals without significant cancer for a painful and costly biopsy (Lancet 2017; 389:815-22). Data presented at the European Society for Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) in September 2023 indicated that Pi™ could help cut undetected cancers to 6% while also reducing avoidable biopsies to 43%.
Using AI, Pi™ analyses the MRI and is fully integrated into the radiologist’s workflow, targeting key issues of variability, radiologist time, and diagnostic accuracy in prostate cancer. Specifically, Pi™ is intended to be used by radiologists to assess and report prostate MRI studies, by automatically producing 3D segmentations, volumes and risk scores. Its outputs can be used to save radiologists time and support biopsy and treatment decisions.
As the most common cancer in men, each year, prostate cancer gains 1.4 million diagnoses and claims 375,000 lives. In the US alone, 288,000 are diagnosed and 35,000 die. Earlier detection can help reduce rates of advanced and metastatic disease and in turn greatly improve patients’ experience, outcomes, and life expectancy.
“We desperately need to cut waiting times, detect cancer early, and provide patients and clinicians with all the information needed to for optimum treatment,” explained Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Professor Evis Sala, Chair of Radiology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Director of the Advanced Radiology Centre at the Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, IRCCS. “With this CE mark, the results of our investment in AI and clinical research over the last 4 years can now be used by doctors to provide the best possible diagnosis for men with suspected prostate cancer.”
“This CE certification establishes Pi™ as the leading platform to support prostate cancer diagnosis with MRI, from screening patients at elevated risk, to biopsy, diagnosis and treatment planning,” continues Dr. Antony Rix, CEO and Co-Founder. “As the only AI solution for prostate MRI that integrates automatically with radiologists’ workflows and that has unprecedented accuracy in real-world validation, Pi™ has enormous potential to improve patients’ outcomes and reduce costs and waiting lists in health systems like the NHS.”