Diagnostic Reading #41: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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Headlines this week include growth in breast imaging market; AI ethics.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: ACR asks Congress to stop proposed reimbursement changes; breast imaging market continues to grow; X-rays and AI may help ‘read’ destroyed ancient scrolls; how radiologists can help with shared decision-making; and radiology AI experts publish statement to help guide its development.

ACR to Congress: Pump the brakes on proposed changes that could hurt radiologists – Radiology Business

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is asking Congress to intervene to help stop budget changes that could severely hamper imaging professionals. College officials are concerned about proposed changes to Evaluation and Management (E/M) services aimed at reducing administrative burdens and improving payment rates. Proposed reimbursement changes would ‘greatly benefit’ some doctors, but penalize others who don’t bill for E/M services, including radiologists. 

Breast imaging market growth continues – Imaging Community Exchange

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According to a new market research report published by Meticulous Research, the global breast imaging market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2% from 2019 to 2024. The report states that the market will reach $5.13 billion by 2024. Advancements such as new tomosynthesis technology and growing awareness about the timely diagnosis of the disease for better care in women are driving the growth of breast imaging market, according to a news release.

Ancient scrolls charred by Vesuvius could be read once again – The Guardian

Scientists say there may be hope that a fragile library of scrolls—destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79—can once more be read thanks to an innovative approach involving high-energy X-rays and artificial intelligence (AI). Experts have attempted to unroll about half of the scrolls through various methods over the years although some have been destroyed in the process. The scientists have finished collecting the X-ray data and are training their algorithms, adding that they will apply the system on the scrolls in the coming months.

4 key ways radiologists can help with shared decision-making – Radiology Business

Shared decision-making (SDM) plays a key role in patient-centered care. According to an analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, it’s a process radiologists can be more involved in than they may think. This article highlights the literature review and details how radiologists can play a key role during each phase of the SDM process. 

On the ethics of AI in radiology – Healthcare-in-Europe

Experts in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology, from many of the world’s leading radiology, medical physics and imaging informatics groups, published a statement to guide the development of AI in radiology. The multi-society statement focused on three major areas—data, algorithms and practice—and also sought to address and incorporate feedback received from patients, radiologists, regulators and other stakeholders.



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