Radiologists sharing more abdominal duties with computers

Notwithstanding the serious concerns raised by a recent fatal accident involving a Tesla car running on autopilot , self-driving cars are probably here to stay—but that doesn’t mean humans won’t still be driving. The same goes for fully automated abdominal CT image interpretation. It too is likely here to stay—but that doesn’t mean radiologists won’t still be reading. Ronald Summers, MD, PhD, of the NIH’s laboratory for imaging biomarkers and computer-aided diagnosis, explores the state of the latter scenario in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Automated analysis of abdominal CT “has advanced markedly over just the last few years,” Summers writes. “Fully automated assessment of organs, lymph nodes, adipose tissue, muscle, bowel, spine, and tumors are some examples where tremendous progress has been made. Computer-aided detection…


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