Sadie Zeller, Manager of Global Product Management and the Clinical Vertical Market at Microscan Systems, presents the "Another Set of Eyes: Machine Vision Automation Solutions for In Vitro Diagnostics" tutorial at the May 2017 Embedded Vision Summit.
In vitro diagnostics (IVD) are tests that can detect diseases, conditions, or infections. The use of automation, including machine vision inspection, in IVD has increased steadily, and is now a standard practice. Vision-based laboratory automation enables greater throughput efficiency and minimizes the risk of human error. But IVD is a challenging application: the healthcare industry requires systems that are, at a minimum, fail-safe, and ideally, error-proof.
Machine vision systems for IVD (and related life sciences) therefore require a robust development phase including an iterative design-validate process to ensure that the system is safe for use. This presentation addresses some of the key requirements and constraints of healthcare vision applications, and highlights approaches for application design and testing to meet tough industry demands.