Symposium on Imaging Hallmarks of Cancer, 26th – 27th October 2017
Meet the Speakers: Professor Gabriel Krestin
"RESEARCH ON MEDICAL IMAGING IN THE DIGITAL ERA"
Gabriel P. Krestin, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, FRCR
Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC, University Medical center Rotterdam, The Netherlands
“Imaging is the key diagnostic tool in many diseases and has an important role in monitoring treatment and predicting outcome. As the practice of medicine moves away from an intuitive, experience-based model to empirical, evidence-based and to personalized medicine, diagnostic precision becomes paramount in order to select the particular treatment that will best help each individual patient. ‘Precision imaging’ requires objective quantitative and standardized assessment of all features available in digital images. This ‘deep imaging phenotyping’ is at the basis of the emerging field of radiomics that allows us to play an increasing role in prediction of disease, of outcomes and of therapy response. The subsequent integration of imaging data with structured clinical information and with biochemical, genetic and other biomarkers will allow create the “big data” needed to for new analytical approaches in health care. Deep machine-learning algorithms using neural networks on large image and ‘omics’ data repositories are heralding the era of ‘data driven medicine’. Artificial intelligence promises to take over much of the repetitive interpretation work carried out by radiologists but also to improve image acquisition as well as clinical decision support in today’s practice. Is our profession in danger?
The threat to Radiology as a distinct specialty can be overcome only by adapting and embracing these developments. Focusing on technological innovation and on high-level super-specialized consulting services and less on image interpretation activities will guarantee the future of our profession. Research into new applications of imaging and value-based imaging are some of the solutions for proving the added value of radiologists in daily practice.”
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Abstract kindly provided by Gabriel P. Krestin.