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How has diagnostic radiology changed in the past 5-10 years?

Future Of Diagnostic Radiology

Kenneth W. Chin (M.D., F.A.C.R.) gives expert video advice on: How has diagnostic radiology changed in the past 5-10 years?; What is RSNA and what do they do? and more...

How has diagnostic radiology changed in the past 5-10 years?

Diagnostic Radiology has changed dramatically in the past five to ten years because of improvements in image storage technology. Now all imaging is stored digitally.

What challenges does the field of diagnostic radiology face moving forward?

Some of the challenges that radiology faces as we go forward from here relates to the massive volumes of data that have become available. As all imaging modalities provide information with greater and greater resolution, we have more and more pictures to handle. So our challenge will be to manage this effectively.

Does the number of practicing diagnostic radiologists meet demand?

Recently there has been a relative shortage in the number of radiologists available for a number of jobs that are available. This is more of a problem in rural areas as opposed to urban areas, and it's felt to be a growing problem. But this has changed considerably because of the ability to transfer information electronically.

How has the globalization of medicine changed diagnostic radiology?

With the advent of teleradiology, images can now be transmitted either locally, or around the world, depending on what would be the best for the patients, and what would be most efficient.

What is RSNA and what do they do?

The RSNA is the radiological society of north america. It is an organization that is dedicated to promoting research, and to providing educational facilities for radiologists around the world.

Why would someone want to get into the field of diagnostic radiology?

Radiology as a profession continues to grow in both size and scope. The number imaging procedures that are being performed continues to grow on an annual basis.The technology that has become available also has been improving and has become more exciting from year to year.

How do you think diagnostic radiology can improve in the next 10 years?

Diagnostic radiology can continue to improve over the next 10 years on the basis of being able to do more things with more safety. We have proceeded to perform CT scanning with less radiation doses. We're now performing some procedures that were previously invasive in order to establish the same dignoses. As an example, MRI scanning with spectroscopy has the hope of being able to allow us to determine whether or not an area that is a mass is due to a tumor versus an infection, whether it's benign versus malignant. It''s hope that these differentiation, that the differentiation between these various entities will become a reality within the next 10 years.