RANZCR developing ethical principles focused on AI in radiology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) has established a working group to research the impact and influence of artificial intelligence (AI) on healthcare, focusing specifically on radiology.

One of the primary goals of the working group is to determine ethical principles that can be used to guide imaging professionals as they start to use AI more and more to provide high-quality patient care.

“Even with the increasing hype around AI, there has not been enough work done—certainly in this part of the world—to understand what the technology is, what it will be good for, what the risks of it are and how it can be applied to deliver better-quality, lower-cost healthcare to Australian patients,” Dr. Lance Lawler, president of RANZCR, told Radiology Business.

While the working group is still crafting its final list of ethical principles, Lawler said he expects the list to be complete in the near future. Once finalized, they will be made available to the public, and Lawler hopes they are used to compliment other medical frameworks that touch on such issues. 

In addition, he added, the group is always open to hearing feedback on these issues from others within the imaging industry.

“As the peak training body for radiologists and radiation oncologists in Australia and New Zealand, RANZCR is delighted to be taking a proactive stance in this vital area,” he said. “But we would always welcome input and collaboration from other stakeholders.”