Ethics in AI come under scrutiny | Ranschaert speaks out on training | Women & men at work Down Under

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

The decision by seven leading radiology and imaging informatics societies in Europe and North America to issue a statement on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) must be welcomed. Head to the Artificial Intelligence Community to read more.

The rapid development of AI has led to concerns about ensuring its safe and appropriate use, and these concerns were evident at ECR 2019, as shown by the video interview with Dr. Hugh Harvey, our regular columnist on AI.

Being fully informed about all aspects of AI is another vital consideration. Dr. Erik Ranschaert, PhD, has been busy in this area, producing a comprehensive 20-chapter book. In another ECR video interview, he elaborates on the approach taken by the three editors of the book, as well as upcoming initiatives from the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics, of which he is president.

On a rainy day in the depths of winter, many of us have been sorely tempted to seek out new opportunities Down Under, but Dr. Claudia Weidekamm has actually taken the plunge and built a successful career there. Find out more in our chat with her, recorded at ECR 2019 in Vienna.

Away from ECR, significant and substantive new information was released this week about the supply of radiopharmaceuticals for nuclear medicine services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The British Nuclear Medicine Society, UK Radiopharmacy Group, and Royal College of Radiologists produced the document. Visit the Molecular Imaging Community.

In women's imaging, digital breast tomosynthesis has long been the presumed successor to digital mammography, but adoption in Europe has been relatively slow. Market analyst Steve Holloway explains why, and looks at future trends in breast imaging.

Meanwhile, Swiss researchers believe that breast CT can improve breast lesion detection and characterization compared with mammography and DBT -- particularly because it does not require breast compression, and the photon-counting detector technology reduces radiation dose to levels comparable to those of a conventional mammogram.

For the full archive of news reports and videos from ECR 2019, check out the RADCast @ ECR. Also, make sure you log back on regularly to the home page over the coming weeks for further articles and analysis.

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