Bering, iCAIRD and NHSGGC collaborate to deliver the service in Scotland.

Bering has developed an AI algorithm, used to identify common signs in chest X-ray images and indicate numerous medical diagnoses. This has been rolled out in Scotland via a number of collaborative partners including the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGCC), allowing radiologists to free up their time to focus on rarer abnormal cases within the 40 million images seen each year.

This technology was adapted to look at chest X-rays to identify trends that may predict COVID-19 cases, that could then be confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. This evolution of the original AI-accelerated x-ray technology was initiated in April 2020, with Bering attending a multi-partner call in the very early days of the project - the call was also attended by the Scan CEO, Elan Raja, who expressed an interest in helping to take this research forward. Within a number of weeks a collaboration had been finalised and Scan AI was engaging with Bering to provide access to an NVIDIA DGX AI appliance to help process the huge volume of X-ray data the team had. Scan also enabled collaboration with the NVIDIA AI team in order to add value and support as the collaboration evolved. Due to the ongoing pandemic, speed was of the essence in the project and Ignat Drozdov, Managing Director at Bering commented ‘It was the first time we had worked with Scan, but it felt like we had been collaborating for years. It was that efficient.’

An in-depth interview discussing the project, its background, evolution and results with Ignat Drozdov - Managing Director, Bering; David Lowe - National Clinical Director of Scottish Innovation and Health Partnership; and Mark Hall - Consultant Radiologist - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; can be viewed here.

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About Scan:

At Scan we are all about three things – technology, people, and how we bring them together and for over 30 years we’ve been driven by these three passions. We work with customers and partners to tackle the latest cutting edge areas in IT and bridge the gap these challenges present.

Building on our reputation within the computing industry, we have used this knowledge and experience to provide specialist IT solutions for business verticals including deep learning and AI, healthcare, financial services, retail, education, AEC and manufacturing.

About Bering:

Bering was founded in 2010 with the aim to use Artificial Intelligence to answer important questions in biology and medicine. The Bearing team brings together clinicians, engineers, visual design experts, psychologists, and data scientists. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications in the field of medical informatics, Bering’s focus is on delivering Artificial Intelligence to areas where it is needed the most.

About iCAIRD:

The Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD) was launched in 2018. It brings together a pan-Scotland collaboration of 15 partners from across industry, the NHS, and academia; including four current actively engaged SMEs.


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is responsible for the provision and management of the whole range of health services in this area including hospitals and General Practice, NHSGGC works alongside partnership organisations including Local Authorities and the voluntary sector. NHSGGC serves a population of 1.14 million and employs around 39,000 staff – it is the largest NHS organisation in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK.