The field of medical imaging is always advancing, with scientific investments continually being made in diagnostic imaging. The information they provide lead to early diagnoses. If you’re curious about what the future of diagnostic imaging looks like, here’s a peek into what’s coming.
Three of the biggest trends in medical imaging are artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain technology, and 3D Imaging.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI has the biggest potential for future growth, with the highest number of startups and the biggest investment, with over $500 million in investor transactions. The AI medical imaging market is predicted to increase to $264.85 billion by 2026.
The driver of great interest from radiologists and investment in AI technology is the desire for improvement in work efficiency. AI technology can sift through thousands of scans and patient records, interpret them through algorithms, and arrive at potentially life-saving insights that may be difficult to do without advanced computer technology, particularly with CT scans and mammography. The entire process is done quickly and information not visible to the human eye can be presented. With the use of AI technology, there is hopefully a reduction in costly, unnecessary imaging procedures, and readmissions.
Cloud-Based Blockchain Technology
An improvement in the storage and accessibility of patient information through cloud-based blockchain technology is a means to democratize information and make them accessible to patients, health care providers, and researchers. As patients demand greater access to their medical imaging results and records, this will be a secure and quick way to transfer patient medical records. It is an area worth watching because it facilitates a transfer between medical institutions and patients in the safest way possible.
CT scans and MRIs are highly advanced imaging procedures, but the results are in 2D, which means radiologists have to examine multiple scans together to get a complete picture of the patient’s internal organs. With 3D imaging, physicians can view MRI imaging results, take portions of them to create 3D images, and examine them using 3D glasses, headsets, or printers, providing new angles, crisper and higher resolution images, and clearer details. Overall, this may help get accurate diagnoses quicker and make treatments more precise, such as controlling radiation doses, which minimizes other risks to the patient. Moreover, it also enhances precision during surgery and improves surgical outcomes.
Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Technologies in Palm Beach County, Florida
The board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists at Independent Imaging are dedicated to providing patients with the most advanced and sophisticated imaging technology available in the market.
For example, we now use 3D digital mammography for superior imaging quality and high performance, with a lower radiation dose. We carefully explain every diagnostic procedure to you, including the benefits and risks, because we want you to be comfortable and make your own decisions about your health.
Independent Imaging has four convenient locations from which to serve you. We have facilities in Wellington, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, and Belle Glade. To schedule an appointment, call Independent Imaging at (561) 795-5558 or request an appointment now.