“Artificial Intelligence is the future outlook of the Radiology & Imaging sector in the country”


Dr Rahul Pratap Kotian, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Imaging Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Gulf Medical University shares his thoughts about the transformations lying ahead in the radiology & imaging sector.

What are the factors fuelling the growth of the Radiology & Imaging sector in the country?

The global radiology as a service market was worth USD 1.1 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a significant growth rate of 20.3 per cent between 2021 and 2028. Furthermore, the increasing number of cancer cases in the country substantially increases the number of medical images. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that 39.5 per cent of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. According to me, the main factors fuelling the growth of the Radiology & Imaging sector in the country have been the use of teleradiology and cloud-based imaging services. The advent and incorporation of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) interface with teleradiology workflows assists radiologists in performing their duties more efficiently and accurately.

How do you see the future outlook for the Radiology & Imaging sector in the country?

Unsurprisingly, artificial intelligence (AI) is the future outlook of the Radiology & Imaging sector in the country. The most controversial question then arises; “Will the new AI technology replace a Radiologist? And the answer is definitely a big “NO”, but they will totally change the way to work substantially”. Lastly, as I always quote this to all my students: Artificial intelligence (AI) is made by humans for the progress and comfort of humans themselves.

What are the technological advancements that have enabled the Radiology & Imaging segment to widen its expanse in the country?

I would consider the following key technological advancements that have led to the Radiology & Imaging segment expansion in the country:

1. Widespread use of newer and latest scanners in X-ray, CT, MRI, and so on.

2. Adopting artificial intelligence in all sectors of Medical Imaging.

3. Organisations of CME, Workshops, and Conferences focusing on recent advancements in the field of Medical Imaging like the Elets eHealth Radiology and Imaging Summit, New Delhi.

4. Widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) and Teleradiology.

5. High-impact research and article publications by pioneer Radiologist and Medical Imaging Technologist/ Radiographers

6. Professional Degree courses offered by both the government and private sectors in the field of Medical Imaging at the BSc, MSc, and Doctoral levels have also contributed to the growth of the Radiology and Imaging segment in the country.



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