Imaging societies collaborate on draft document about ethics of AI in radiology

Several imaging societies, including the American College of Radiology (ACR) and European Society of Radiology, have published a consensus draft document focused on the ethics of AI in radiology.

RSNA, the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics, the Canadian Association of Radiologists and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine all also contributed to the document, which is available to read on the ACR’s website.

“AI is complex, has numerous potential pitfalls, and is inevitably biased to some degree,” according to the 38-page document. “Radiologists and all others who build and use radiology AI products have a duty to understand AI deeply, to provide the most benefit to patients, to understand when and how hazards manifest, to be transparent about benefits and risks and as much as possible to mitigate any harm they might cause.”

“I would like to congratulate the authors … on a collaborative effort to address this important topic,” Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, wrote on the ACR’s blog. McGinty also noted that the societies are asking that stakeholders read over the draft and provide comments by April 15.

In February, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists published a draft of its own guidelines examining the ethics related to AI in radiology.