How do Radiology Trainees View the Rise of AI?
Over the past year, dozens of studies have demonstrated the value of artificial intelligence (AI) across the field of radiology. Yet, in a recent survey published the European Journal of Radiology, experienced radiologists, surgeons, and medical students may view those advances in differing light.
Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Bern recruited 170 participants—a mix of 59 radiologists, 56 surgeons, and 55 medical students— to complete an online survey regarding the future of radiology, including how AI may affect future career choices and work environments.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, most participants, regardless of position, agreed that AI had value as a support system for radiologists and would have the power to make their workflows more accurate and efficient. Yet, there were wide concerns about its adoption. For example, survey responses suggested participants saw AI as a potential threat to careers in the field. When questioned about perceived “turf losses” to other specialties and disciplines due to advances in AI, radiologists agreed it was a concern. And more than one-quarter of the students who stated they were looking outside radiology for their careers cited AI as being one of the reasons.
While the researchers admit it is difficult to generalize the findings due to the small, specific sample, they concluded that some medical trainees may choose careers outside of radiology. As such, they recommend that better education regarding AI and how it might affect the field would be in order.