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Aging populations are increasing the demand for medical care. In this context, advances in medical technology have made it possible to utilize ever larger quantities of data. This is expected to improve the quality of medical care and improve the output of patient care and treatment. The trend is global. At the same time, the burden on healthcare professionals is increasing, and a new system of workstyle reform for physicians will be introduced in Japan this April.
Amid such changes in the medical environment, we have been working both to "shorten exam times while improving exam efficiency" and "enhance the sophistication of exams by providing low-dose, high-definition images" through various innovations, including the use of AI technology. Last year, we launched an X-ray angiography system that applies the deep learning technology we have developed to real-time image processing; and a CT system equipped with INSTINX, a new automation technology that supports workflow with increased efficiency and consistency. By expanding these technologies, we aim to provide solutions for safer and more efficient healthcare.
Last year, we participated as a member of the Canon Group in Canon EXPO, which was being held for the first time in eight years. Canon Medical Systems will continue to stay close to the medical front lines with the commitment embodied in our management philosophy, "Made for Life": "For the patients, together with medical professionals, we contribute to medical care that protects precious lives." We will continue to grow by providing optimal solutions while creating further innovations based on Canon's broad and deep technology platform.
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