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The field of radiology has been a center point in medicine since its inception. The field has continued to grow and change, like other areas of medicine, but the radiology of yesteryear still remains relevant. However, technological advances in the field have created various hurdles for radiologists. As a full-service radiology billing and management company, we take pride in studying and knowing the trends in radiology today.

Prevalence of AI

As AI becomes more prevalent in the world of radiology, many in the field have a certain anxiety about how this changes their career. Fortunately, AI is proving more beneficial and the fears of being displaced are dwindling as the future shows promise of it being complementary as opposed to a full replacement. AI helps interpret images and find patterns – a key player in
radiology.

This new imaging software helps find molecular markers and patterns in patients much quicker than a human alone, creating a boon for radiologists as they can focus on the many other aspects of their career. As oncology radiologist Bradley Erickson, MD, states in Diagnostic Imaging , AI can “predict molecular markers with high accuracy, such as 90 percent
to 95 percent … something we don’t currently perceive …it’s a really exciting thing.”

Impacting Costs

Being able to connect on a more personal level with patients is a trend that’s coming back in radiology. Rising healthcare costs and changes to insurance plans mean patients are more discerning overall healthcare providers – even radiologists. As their costs grow, patients are looking for the best option their insurance will cover. Imaging has improved and taken over so many aspects of the medical field it’s more important than ever to be on top of the game – and AI has bridged much of the gap. However, AI takes on various tasks for radiologists and isn’t limited to deep-learning to interpret images.

Patient Focus

As artificial intelligence continues to grow and improve, radiologists are seeing the benefit of using various forms of AI throughout their daily business practices. Radiology management now uses AI to help create an efficient workflow, including scheduling. These benefits will allow more
time to focus on the patient – and maybe create a field where the radiologist is more accessible to the patient.

How do you feel about AI becoming more prevalent in the world of radiology?