Imaging Informatics Insider

Dear Imaging Informatics Insider,

With all of the attention in the mainstream media over the last couple of years over the "threat" artificial intelligence (AI) poses to the future of radiologists, concern has understandably emerged that medical students might be influenced by these reports and may avoid choosing radiology as a specialty.

In a new editorial published in European Radiology, two radiologists from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, have shared their concerns that more needs to be done to educate medical students on AI technologies. They also make the case that radiologists need to reflect on how AI algorithms can be best validated, approved, and integrated into their clinical practices.

Advances in AI and imaging informatics are expected to be among the top trends at the upcoming ECR 2019 in Vienna. In his latest article for, our market columnist Stephen Holloway describes how developments in AI, enterprise imaging, structured reporting, and analytics will be everywhere in the exhibit hall at this year's congress, which begins on 27 February.

Meanwhile, an AI algorithm developed using chest radiographs from nearly 500,000 patients at a top London hospital has demonstrated promising results for accurately identifying chest x-rays with abnormal findings. In testing, their algorithm yielded a 99% negative predictive value, highlighting its potential for enabling automated triage of abnormal chest radiographs and getting them seen more quickly by radiologists.

On a reflective note, U.K. radiologist Dr. Giles Maskell discusses how radiologists can learn from decision-making by skiers in risky environments. Also, in his ever-popular Maverinck column, Dr. Peter Rinck considers the evolving relationship between radiologists and patients.

If you have any tips or suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered in the Imaging Informatics Community, please feel free to drop me a line. Also, be sure to log on during and after ECR 2019 for regular reports on imaging informatics news at the congress.

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