Where is Radiology in the Fight Against Cancer?

As radiology practitioners, we don’t always get the spotlight when it comes to the fight against cancer — this doesn’t mean that the field isn’t doing plenty to help! Let’s take a look at a few of the newer ways that radiology is helping to fight cancer in this brief article roundup.

1. Combining Radiology Reports With AI – Tech Xplore

A team of scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discovered that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can help detect lung cancer using data from “unstructured” radiology reports.

In their study, a group of human reviewers trained a computer model to analyze imaging reports and recognize or measure certain outcomes, such as disease-free survival or time to improve.

The AI algorithm had accuracy similar to human assessments but performed much faster.

2. New Infrared Imaging May Better Detect Breast Cancer – Medical Express

Researchers and physicians from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Rochester Regional Health System (RRHS) have developed a non-invasive, cost-effective way of using infrared technology to detect tumors in challenging, dense breast tissue.

This type of imaging, known as thermography, does not induce radiation and does not require contrast material, and is more comfortable for patients.

3. Radiologists Detect Prostate Cancer With AI – Imaging Technology News

The FocalNet system, an AI system developed by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles, could help radiologists diagnose prostate cancer more accurately.

FocalNet evaluates MRI scans to identify prostate cancer and predict its aggressiveness, using an algorithm made up of more than 1 million variables. FocalNet had an accuracy of 80.5 percent, compared to 83.9 percent for radiologists with at least 10 years of experience.

This system could help radiologists save time and also guide newer radiologists or residents.

4. Developing advanced radiology and surgery software – Novarad

When using surgical approaches for patients with cancer, planning ahead is critical. One of our most fascinating new products, the Opensight® AR system, is a pre-surgical planning solution that uses our years of advanced imaging experience, combined with your imaging studies to produce an AI-driven “GPS system” of sorts for surgery. 

The bottom line is that radiology isn’t left behind when it comes to making a difference here. What are some ways you’ve seen radiology contribute to the fight against cancer?

#fightcancer #standuptocancer #radiology

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