Hospitals Turn to Radiology Informatics

28 July 2009 (Last Updated July 28th, 2009 18:30)

Many hospitals are turning to radiology informatics to assist radiologists in the hope of eliminating reporting errors and wrong interpretations, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S). Radiology informatics is an artificial intelligence system that interprets images prod

Many hospitals are turning to radiology informatics to assist radiologists in the hope of eliminating reporting errors and wrong interpretations, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S).

Radiology informatics is an artificial intelligence system that interprets images produced by different imaging modalities and helps radiologists adopt quicker interpretation, F&S said.

Hospitals are currently outsourcing radiological examinations due to a lack of qualified staff such as technologists, physicians and radiologists.

F&S research analyst Shriram Shanmugham said that the market for radiology informatics is in its nascent stage, requiring extensive research backed by funding.