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January 01, 2019

Five Things to Watch in 2019 — Observations From RSNA 2018

Another year, another RSNA conference. There was more to see and learn than one mortal can absorb in a week, but this edition of Radiology Today’s annual 5 Things to Watch will attempt to slice some of the notable news and trends from RSNA 2018 into manageable portions.

I’ll get the Captain Obvious part of this article out of the way by noting that AI was once again a hot topic. What I found interesting, however, is that the discussion is beginning to move from the “what” phase to the “how” phase. To be more specific, there wasn’t quite as much emphasis this year on what AI can do. Instead, there was decidedly more talk about how it can be integrated into radiology practice. It seems that fears about AI replacing radiologists are receding into the background, at least for the foreseeable future.

Many AI discussions tracked with ideas relating to value in radiology, and several people talked about ways that AI may be able to increase productivity, alleviate workflow issues, and allow radiologists to spend more time focusing on patient care. The fact is there were many more than five interesting conversational threads, some AI related and some not, but here are the ones that, for one reason or another, stood out.

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