Automation in radiology: Is a machine coming for your job?

Could radiologists be at risk of being replaced by machines? Maybe.

An article in The Economist examines the widespread impact of automation on employment, with special focus on machines that can read CT scans and X-rays. The technology could potentially put radiologists out of work—or, as the story's subject argues, it could improve individual performance.

"In a test against three expert human radiologists working together, Enlitic’s system was 50 percent better at classifying malignant tumours and had a false-negative rate (where a cancer is missed) of zero, compared with 7 pecent for the humans. Another of Enlitic’s systems, which examines X-rays to detect wrist fractures, also handily outperformed human experts."

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