What’s big in the Radiologic Technology field for 2018? Almost everyone thinks it is AI – artificial intelligence. AI in 2018 has gained a measure of respect and stature among radiology professionals, although some are greeting it with a mixture of wonder…and fear.
“Will intelligent machines make the job easier, or will they replace the radiologic technician?” That was the big question being asked last year. There’s been no definitive answer, but it has become clear that AI can help radiologists work more efficiently and effectively.
The other big thing mostly everyone agrees upon is that 3D printing and computer-aided design have come of age and are having a major impact on medical care in general…not just radiology, where it’s being used to print models of internal organs that are so accurate they can be used to diagnose certain medical conditions.
Other technological trends that are becoming integral parts of healthcare include wearable technology, which can track patient activity outside the medical setting, and IoT – the Internet of Things, which has become an essential part of the healthcare infrastructure as more and more diagnostic devices connect to and with online networks.
Enterprise imaging initiatives (basically expanding access to radiological images by all caregivers) also have piqued a lot of interest. The free flow of imaging information enables hospitals and other care providers become more efficient and improve patient outcomes. It’s believed radiology leaders can, and should, be guiding health systems toward introducing more enterprise imaging initiatives.
And, that leads to one last radiology trend – proving radiology’s value. As radiology groups increasingly take their practices outside the “walls” of healthcare facilities, they must more actively promote their expertise and value, find new efficiencies, and enhance the way they report results to clearly focus on the importance of what they do, especially as providers move more toward value-based care.
Radiologic Technology makes important, and significant, contributions to healthcare. Because radiologic technicians are able to “see inside the human body and/or organs,” physicians often rely on them to provide valuable assistance in diagnosing diseases and medical conditions. If this is the type of important work you want to do, Fortis Colleges & Institutes offer Radiologic Technology programs at select campuses. Check out our Radiologic Technology program page for more information.