People tell me that we are approaching a new generation of computer-assisted diagnostic tools. So, the scan is done, and the data goes to HAL, and HAL reads the exam. Likely works cheap, too. Gets reports out almost instantly. I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I’m not sure what this will lead to, but I’m not losing a lot of sleep over it. I think that the confusing scans to me will be confusing to HAL, too. In fact, I think HAL will need me a lot.
Computer-assistance for interpretation has been around a while, and none of us are without jobs yet. Plainly it will get better. And, if you push this far enough out, I think it will be a primary method to diagnose. But not for a long while. About the time that computers do all the surgery and also examine patients. So, when we lose our jobs, our colleagues will lose theirs, as well.
Any and all opinions regarding computers as radiologists are welcome. I’m thinking within the next 15 years we will see a lot of computer-performed early reads (like EKGs). What do you all think?