Will a Computer Replace Radiologists and What Should We Do About It?

May 24, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

This session will address the role of computer-aided diagnosis and machine learning in the practice of radiology. The debate format will address the question of whether computers will replace radiologists in 20 years. The session will include information on state-of-the-art machine learning methods, computer-aided diagnosis results, and prognostications on these tools. Impediments to computers replacing radiologists will also be described.

Dr. Eliot Siegel

Dr. Eliot Siegel is Professor and Vice Chair of Research Information Systems at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, as well as Chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System, both in Baltimore, Maryland. He has adjunct appointments as Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland College Park and as Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus. Dr. Siegel has also served as imaging informatics consultant to the National Cancer Institute.

Under his guidance, the VA Maryland Healthcare System became the first filmless healthcare enterprise in the United States. He has written over 300 articles and book chapters about PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) and digital imaging, and has edited numerous books on the topic, including Filmless Radiology and Security Issues in the Digital Medical Enterprise. He has made more than 1,000 presentations throughout the world on a broad range of topics involving the use of computers in medicine.

Dr. Siegel has won numerous teaching awards at the University of Maryland including medical school mentor of the year. He has been named as overall Radiology Researcher of the Year by his peers and separately as Educator of the year. Dr. Siegel has also been selected by the editorial board of Medical Imaging as one of the top radiologists in the US on multiple occasions.

Eliot served as “lead” for imaging for the NCI’s caBIG project for several years. He was overall symposium chairman for the Society of Photo-optical and Industrial Engineers (SPIE) Medical Imaging Meeting for three years, served as chair of Publications for the Society of Computer Applications in Radiology (SIIM) and has been honored as a fellow in that organization and has served multiple terms on the board of directors for SIIM. He served as chairman of the RSNA's Medical Imaging Resource Committee. Dr. Siegel also worked with the IBM “Jeopardy” team to help “educate” the “Dr. Watson” software in the field of medicine. His areas of interest and responsibility at both the local and national levels include digital imaging and PACS, telemedicine, the electronic medical record, and informatics and artificial intelligence in medicine.

Dr. Brad Erickson

Dr. Brad Erickson received his MD and PhD degrees from Mayo Medical & Graduate School and then did his residency in diagnostic radiology and Neuroradiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He went on staff at Mayo Clinic, and was heavily involved in administrative responsibilities implementing a filmless department and then a paperless practice and EMR, including being the Vice Chair for IT at Mayo. More recently, he has refocused on imaging informatics research, receiving NIH grants for brain cancer, multiple sclerosis, and polycystic kidney disease. He is a recognized world expert on the application of deep learning to medical images. He was the founding Chair of the Division of Imaging Informatics, and is currently the Associate Chair for Research in Radiology.


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