“The challenges we face in healthcare can only be solved through technological advances,” he said. AuntMinnie.com before the event. “Whether it’s in robotics, data science, biotechnology or chemistry, it doesn’t matter, we need these breakthroughs.”
This has been true for the last 40 years of my career, and it will be true for the next 40 years, not just in radiology, but in medicine as a whole, Krestin added. He is an emeritus professor of radiology. Rotterdam Medical Center in the Netherlands.
In his talk, Krestin identified six key drivers of change in healthcare today:
- Advances in biomedical knowledge ――The mortality rate is declining, but is it possible to cope with chronic diseases?
- aging population — How do we care for all elderly patients with multiple comorbidities?
- patient expectations — With healthcare consumerism on the rise, how do we deal with misinformed patients?
- shortage of health workers — How can we replace the missing radiologist and nurse?
- Need for cost containment –Who will pay for it?
- new science and technology — Are there any disruptive innovations on the horizon?
The main solutions here are AI, especially system automation (software, technology, innovation) and integration (expertise, data, training, education). He said it’s essential to start up and scale up and get the help, support and advice you need.
Dr. Gabriel Krestin, PhD has been awarded the Most Influential Radiation Researcher Trophy in the 2022 EuroMinnies award scheme.
In functional respiratory imaging, Krestin outlined the potential application of a set of quantitative outcome parameters. He also described an integrated suite designed to support point-of-care MRI, with the goal of bringing MRI closer to the patient to support faster and earlier detection of neuropathy.
It is important to remember that two-thirds of the world’s population still does not have adequate access to medical imaging, and existing medical imaging systems are too expensive and complex to be mass-deployed.
Attitudes towards AI
“If you ask me, are we doing enough to educate future generations of radiologists about AI? We are doing our best,” Krestin said. AuntMinnie.com.
The good news is that younger generations are receptive to learning about data science and AI, he continued.
“They all grew up with increasingly powerful computers at their fingertips and are more knowledgeable in this area than my generation,” he said. “But what they need is input from multiple disciplines: computer scientists on AI, biologists who understand the molecular pathways of disease, and physicists who understand imaging physics.”
According to Krestin, more meaningful interactions can occur with highly specialized clinicians who have deep knowledge in medical niches.
“To add value to them, radiologists need to understand their needs and know as much about their respective diseases as they do.” Asking to learn and train is almost impossible, so they need to be subspecialized, and only subspecialized professionals are taken seriously by referring physicians.”
This could be different in rural areas or outpatient settings, Krestin concedes, where imaging practices only work for primary care physicians.
A Chicago reception was held at the Dutch Consulate in Chicago to celebrate Krestin’s career and contributions to radiology worldwide. It was hosted by the Royal Dutch Consulate General and his LeQuest, a manufacturer of medical simulation technology. Deputy Ambassador to the United States Marten Buch and LeQuest CEO and Founder Hisham Shatou also spoke at the event.
Krestin currently serves on the boards of LeQuest and FLUIDDA and serves as scientific advisor to LeQuest, FLUIDDA, Gleamer.AI, Nanox and Synaptive Medical. He joined most of these companies between his January 2022 and April 2021, and retired as head of the Erasmus MC division in December 2021.
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