November 29, 2018

ACR Data Science Institute Advocates Effective AI Applications

Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, and Bibb Allen, Jr. MD, FACR, shared their views in a Nov. 27 video interview with Brian Casey, editor of, on how the ACR Data Science Institute™ (DSI) is aiding the design and development of medical imaging artificial intelligence (AI) tools showcased at the annual Radiological Society of North America meeting in Chicago.

As DSI’s chief medical officer, Allen described how the institute has become immersed in the multi-disciplinary world of AI to help algorithm developers appreciate the value of radiologists for figuring out what tools imaging practitioners need and how to effectively deploy them. He said DSI also plays an education role for radiologists by allaying their fears and teaching them how AI will enhance their practices.

The key question for Dreyer, chief science officer of DSI, revolves around who is best qualified to define what AI tools need to be created. “Radiologists have an opportunity to define what’s a challenge to them in their practices and then to work with vendors to create tools (to address them).”

Both stressed that DSI was not created to place radiologists in control of AI as it is applied to medical imaging, but to facilitate its development.

“We are looking to partner with all the members in the ecosystem as an honest broker to move AI into clinical practice with tools that radiologists will want,” Allen said. “At the same time, we’re interfacing with the FDA to maintain patient safety and privacy through this whole process.”