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Survey Finds Students and Surgeons More Skeptical About Artificial Intelligence

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 01 Jan 2020
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A survey on the future of radiology among radiologists, medical students and surgeons has found that students and surgeons tend to be more skeptical about artificial intelligence (AI), while radiologists fear that other disciplines can take over.

A team of Swiss researchers conducted a survey to evaluate the opinion and assessment of radiologists, surgeons and medical students on a number of important topics regarding the future of radiology, such as AI, turf battles, teleradiology and 3D-printing. A total of 170 people (59 radiologists, 56 surgeons and 55 students) across the German speaking part of Switzerland participated in the survey through an online questionnaire. The majority of the participants agreed that AI should be included as a support system in radiology, although surgeons were less supportive than radiologists. Students saw a potential threat of AI as more likely than radiologists did, although when radiologists were asked whether they were concerned about “turf losses” from radiology to other disciplines, they were much more likely to agree than students.

Among the students who did not intend to specialize in radiology, 26% stated that AI was one of the reasons, while surgeons advocated the use of teleradiology. The researchers concluded from the survey that radiologists expect their workflow to become more efficient and tend to support the use of AI, whereas medical students and surgeons are more skeptical about the technology. Medical students see AI as a potential threat to diagnostic radiologists, while radiologists themselves are rather afraid of turf losses.

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