September 19, 2018

ACR Chair Tells MICCAI Attendees That Radiologists Must Embrace AI

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors, was the keynote speaker at the recent Medical Image Computing and Computer Assistance Intervention (MICCAI) Society annual meeting. 

McGinty described AI as a megatrend with potentially huge implications for health care generally and for medical imaging specifically.

“Those that adapt and adopt the new tools will be at forefront of care,” said McGinty. She emphasized the need to partner with MICCAI and other like-minded organizations toward the shared goal of developing meaningful AI to improve health care quality, efficiency, and outcomes.

McGinty also explained how the ACR’s desire to take a leadership role in developing the framework for AI was the basis for founding the Data Science Institute™ and the reason for investing in it.

McGinty shared the DSI’s four-part mission, including:

  • Ensure the value of radiologists as AI evolves through the development of appropriate use cases and workflow integration
  • Protect patients through leadership roles in the regulatory process with government agencies and validation of algorithms
  • Establish industry relationships by providing credible use cases, help with FDA and other government agencies and pathways for clinical integration
  • Educate radiologists, other physicians and all stakeholders about AI and the ACR’s role in data science for the good of our patients

The keynote is part of the ongoing collaboration between the ACR and MICCAI to develop AI algorithms to better meet the clinical needs of radiologists.