New AI infrastructure in the Netherlands | Radiation dose management | Stress in radiology

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

One of the biggest challenges to the routine use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology is how to make it possible for radiologists to employ AI algorithms without disrupting their workflow. Forcing radiologists to sort through a collection of one-off algorithms for every patient and clinical condition just won't cut it.

A possible solution comes from the Netherlands, where researchers are developing an AI infrastructure designed to support the use of AI throughout the imaging workflow chain. Called IMAGR, the infrastructure took three years to build and went operational earlier this year; the project was described in a presentation at the recent European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (EuSoMII) meeting in Valencia, Spain. Find out how IMAGR works in an article in our Artificial Intelligence Community.

Radiation dose management

In another talk at EuSoMII 2019, a medical physicist from Belgium discussed how a truly effective radiology dose management program needs to go beyond just collecting data. While new software tools are available for data collection, it's what you do with the information that's truly important. Learn more from an article in our CT Community.

Stress in radiology

There's no denying that stress and burnout are becoming increasingly common among radiologists (in fact, physician burnout was named the Biggest Threat to Radiology in the Minnies annual awards, announced this week by our sister site

But what's to be done?

In the U.K., the Royal College of Radiologists is tackling the issue with a new scheme designed to address stress and harassment -- the latter being particularly problematic within the country's health system. The group plans to roll out the initiative shortly, with an emphasis on identifying the factors that contribute to burnout and offering tools to combat it.

Other important stories this week include a perspective from Signify Research on why the electronic medical record will not replace dedicated imaging IT applications such as PACS, as well as our coverage of a recently released review of the national breast screening program in England.

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