The technology is not modern but its applications could be surprising.
The prospects for diagnostic imaging in 2019 seem very similar to what was discussed in 2018. Artificial intelligence (AI) and wearable devices are again on the list, along with even more apps for mobile imaging devices. This ranking of the 3 main trends in diagnostic imaging is no surprise. However, in 2019, it will be interesting to observe a better understanding and more applications of these already existing technologies.
Trend 1. Artificial intelligence deserves a closer look
The interest and development of applications on the subject of artificial intelligence will remain high. Although artificial intelligence is explored as an additional eye on image analysis, it will not replace the human factor. MRI scan centers in east Delhi do much more as compared to the most advanced algorithm can do because they don't focus exclusively on images. Their purpose includes communication, image quality assessment, image optimization, training, procedures, policy definition, and more. Becoming an expert in all these essential skills would require a level of "general artificial intelligence" of at least 20 years- if not perhaps more.
Trend 2. Wearable diagnostics
Wearable medical devices will do more in imaging than during 2019. Although many medical devices have limitations and some are controversial, the list of their applications- from measuring ECGs to alerting people overexposed to UV rays- is exploding. One of the most recent inventions for diagnostic imaging is the MEG wearable brain scanner.
The lightweight MEG is "worn as a helmet and can measure brain activity while people make natural movements like nodding, stretching, drinking tea and even playing ping-pong." The wearable scanner offers better imaging possibilities to patients with disorders that cause body movements.
Another wearable device is an MRI glove. Worn close to the skin, it can provide clear and consistent images of moving joints and tendons.
The advantages of the images produced by the MRI glove include the provision of a clear map of the anatomy of the hand, which helps in multiple aspects, from surgery to the most accurate prosthesis design.
Trend 3. Mobile applications for brain and body
Although there are many health apps for mobile devices, there are not many applications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for diagnostic imaging. However, mobile technology will continue to affect the medical profession in diagnostic imaging.
Together, these developments allow radiologists to report, collaborate, and consult doctors in other specialties with the same certainty that they would have following an assessment at their reporting workstations.
There will be technological advances that will help improve the diagnoses and speed with which they can be processed. Finally, greater flexibility through mobile access for radiologists will help doctors, nurses, and other professionals involved in the care continuum to be better informed and closer to the patient.