AI's impact on radiology | Tribute to forensic expert Hermann Vogel | 3D printing assists spinal surgery

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

Junior doctors probably have the most to gain -- but also the most to fear -- from the growth of artificial intelligence (AI). Their clinical workload should be more manageable when AI relieves them of routine procedures, but if AI ends up replacing doctors, some of them are likely to suffer.

So how does the younger generation think AI will affect radiology? Are they optimistic or pessimistic about the future? For one viewpoint, go to the Artificial Intelligence Community, or click here.

If you ever attended ECR up to 2013, the chances are you came across the remarkable work of Dr. Hermann Vogel, the forensic radiologist from Hamburg, Germany, who died recently. He organized several special exhibitions at the Vienna congress, and the thought-provoking images and text had a huge impact on visitors. Find out more in our MRI Community, or click here.

Meanwhile, Dutch researchers have used a combination of 3D virtual models and 3D-printed models to facilitate the surgical treatment of a complex spinal deformity. Learn about this technique and how it affected patient outcome by heading to the Advanced Visualization Community, or by clicking here.

A U.K. group has explored the potential of medical 3D printing for surgical planning, training, and education. Rather than use conventional CT or MRI to create their 3D-printed models, the investigators turned to micro-CT. The modality offers over 100 times the image resolution of standard medical imaging and may have various clinical applications, including those discussed here.

Flat-panel CT is fast becoming the gold standard for temporal bone assessment due to its high spatial resolution for studying bony structures with small and complex components. New findings from Italy are worth a close look. Go to the CT Community, or click here.

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