MRI, CT and X-ray systems

MRI, CT and X-ray systems are important systems in our healthcare. Thousands of patients are scanned every day. Essential information on the health of the patients is obtained by each of them and combined with data from other sources a diagnosis can be deduced, and a treatment be defined. The quality and reliability of these systems needs to be optimal. At Philips the options to guarantee quality and reliability are topic of research. Techniques to monitor the systems and do preventive maintenance are being investigated.

Data logging, remote monitoring and AI

Every day, a typical MRI scanner produces an average of 800,000 log messages, which reflect how the system is working technically. Through proactive remote monitoring services at Philips these log messages are tracked and analyzed for early warning signs of impending technical issues. (To be clear: these analyses are conducted on technical data only, obtained in agreement with customers.)

To start developing these services within Philips, technical data from over 15,000 MRI, CT and interventional X-ray systems were collected and billions of data points were analyzed. After curating the data, using machine learning (AI) and other analytical methods patterns could be identified that foreshadow specific impending issues.

For proactive remote monitoring more than AI is needed

One of the elements in proactive monitoring is a physical model of the system to analyze the remote data from sensors in the system. Such a digital twin helps to test and verify the remote data and work on solutions remotely.
However, to make sense of the data, you also need intimate knowledge of that device. AI can help detect patterns in data, but it cannot tell whether these patterns are practically meaningful. You need human knowledge and understanding of the underlying technology for that. AI augments human capabilities! Therefore, Philips prefers to speak of adaptive intelligence.


Research and exploitation

The research of AI and data analytics for adaptive remote control will be discussed. Also, the impact on the application in the hospital gets attention.

Customer Visit Center

For Philips it is important to show the capabilities of the healthcare products to the customers. The Customer Visit Center serves that purpose. We will be sown around to learn about the new Philips Healthcare strategy and see the relevant healthcare systems.


Dr. Mauro Barbieri, Senior Scientist, Philips Research with presentation at 17:00 h in QS Auditorium:

'Towards Zero Unplanned Downtime of Medical Imaging Systems Using Big Data'

Interesting Links:

Minister Sigrid Kaag,voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking bezocht Philips Healthcare in Best op 31-01-2019

Digital Twin in healthcare, blog :

Human touch in AI,blog:

Philips Radiologie / Oncologie

Name and contact for further information: Dr.Ir. Steven B. Luitjens e-mail

Required for visit: Your ID !!!


 -  uur Arrival in QS, coffee and cake in canteen QS
 -  uur Presentation on Philips Healthcare in QS auditorium;
 -  uur Visit to the Customers Visit Center
 -  uur Presentation "Using Big Date" Dr. Mauro Barbieri Senior Scientist, Philips Research in QS Aud. + Q&A
 -  uur Networking with soft drinks in canteen QS