Book on AI highlights radiology’s new role

Deep Medicine, a new book from cardiologist Eric Topol, MD, explores the evolving relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and healthcare. The New York Times interviewed Topol about the book, and AI’s impact on radiology was one of the first topics that came up.

Topol was asked if he thought AI would make radiologists obsolete, and his answer is likely one that will make physicians within the specialty jump for joy.

“Absolutely not,” Topol said. “I wrote about a new role for radiologists, whereby they come out of the basement and have direct interactions with patients. We can’t, and will never, rely on only algorithms for interpretation of life and death matters. That requires human expert contextualization, something machines can’t do.”

The interview touched on numerous other topics, including surgery, mental health and more.

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