Highlights from RSNA 2021

DomAIn Knowledge

This week’s Domain Knowledge is focused on Chicago and the 2021 Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. While the pandemic may have curtailed in-person attendance, there was no limit to the outstanding educational sessions, learnings, and announcements shared during the past week.  

Research presented during RSNA demonstrates the use of AI to identify racial or ethnic health disparities in COVID-19 patients based on the analysis of chest radiographs. AI model spots health disparities in COVID-19 patients provides the details.

AI could help with breast ultrasound workloads highlights research presented during RSNA focusing on the use of AI to reduce false-positive findings and potentially eliminate up to 80% of breast ultrasound exams from the radiologist worklist.

Announced during RSNA, FDA clears Therapixel mammo AI software for tomosynthesis, details software designed to help radiologists with breast screening by detecting and characterizing suspicious soft-tissue lesions and calcifications and provides a score on the likelihood of lesion malignancy based on a scale of 1-10. The mammography AI software is now available for use in the United States.

A hot topic at RSNA, and in the greater radiology community, is that of AI replacing radiologists. Video from RSNA 2021: Is AI scaring medical students away from radiology? features a discussion on the topic with Dr. Michael Atalay of Brown University.

Is the establishment of Medicare payments for AI leading to increased clinical use? This question makes for an interesting discussion in the Video from RSNA 2021: Dr. Paul Chang on AI in radiology.

That’s a wrap for this week’s review of news and happenings in the healthcare AI space. In closing, I’ll leave you with an invitation to learn more about the benefits of using an end-to-end AI platform to manage multiple applications across your clinical needs and offer you a personal demo of Ferrum’s platform and growing AI catalog.

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Kathleen Poulos

Kathleen Poulos

Kathleen is a registered nurse with a digital marketing background, a love for using technology to solve healthcare challenges and a passion for improving patient care.


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