The advancements in technology have led to changes in the radiology industry over the last few years, which have delivered substantial advantages to the radiologists and patients both.
Fremont, CA: In the past centuries, the correlation between technological advancements and humanity's wellbeing in terms of life expectancy and world population growth is a well-established reality. These solutions allow radiologists to deliver better quality services faster than ever before while simultaneously helping to prevent workplace burnout within the industry. However, it can emerge to be a daunting task to determine which technology to inculcate in the diagnostic toolbox, so to take full advantage of these benefits, the radiologists should educate them about the availability and then equip themselves with the solutions that will provide the best benefits. It will result in the radiologists to have the ability to compete on price and value, while offering a higher quality of service to the patients, than those who do not adopt innovative practices.
Along with the pros, technological advancements also have their cons.
In Vitro Diagnosis- It is a significant challenge, but its early diagnosis can make a big difference in the survival rates. In-Vitro diagnostics have the potential to offer disruptive solutions to a more initial diagnosis of a disease, and it's follow-up. On the brighter side, in vitro testing will be less expensive and more accessible, which will increase the compliance of larger populations for screening purposes. It will ease medical research in terms of costs and timeline.
Affordability- The second challenge is affordability, although imaging accounts for just 5 percent of the entire healthcare expenditure; still, it is the fastest-growing medical service and therefore raises concern about future costs. Increasing the value of imaging technology, overutilization, and fast-growing utilization is the driving factor behind un-affordability. The radiology of today, although digital, does not operate as a quantitative tool.
Interventional Radiology- It is an excellent opportunity because it retains two major disruptive elements, minimizing invasiveness and lowering the costs. The procedure time will be shortened, and safety will be improved, with the introduction of newer techniques that will reduce radiation to both patient and physician, and smarter semiautomated guidance software. That might carry mixed feelings on whether it is a challenge or an opportunity from the radiological point of view, as it will give speed to the ongoing turf storm with other clinicians, and might change the present operational model, which will become increasingly interdisciplinary.