March 17, 2022

ACR and SPR Advocate for Innovation in Safe and Effective Pediatric Radiology AI

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) and the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) sent recommendations to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Health Future Task Force Treatments Subcommittee March 11, regarding the need for further innovation in safe and effective pediatric radiology artificial intelligence (AI). The comments were submitted in response to a public request for information from the task force focused on increasing access to medical innovation.

The ACR and SPR recommended several policies intended to promote research and development of AI-enabled software suitable for use on pediatric radiology patients, a demographic historically underserved by AI technological advancements. To that end, the organizations called for prioritized regulatory review of AI-enabled software device submissions intended for use on children, enhanced public access to AI product information, new federal funding programs focused on supporting pediatric radiology AI research, and development by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of a national strategy to advance safe and effective AI for pediatric uses.

The effort was led by the newly formed Pediatric AI Working Group of the ACR Commission on Informatics. For more information about the ACR’s various AI-related initiatives, visit the ACR Data Science Institute® and AI Central.

For more information about ACR advocacy related to AI access and government oversight, please contact Michael Peters, ACR Government Affairs Director.