In this article, we’d like to familiarize you with the intricacies of the field of radiology. We’ll discuss a few interesting statistics that could be relevant or interesting to already experienced or up-and-coming professionals as well as medical enthusiasts around the world.
Close to 80% of all chest X-Rays show no abnormalities
Even though diseases like lung cancer and other chest area illnesses are getting more and more prevalent, depending on the medical establishment, close to 80% of all X-rays are without any abnormalities. This shows how important automated reports and AI software can be.
How long it takes to teach and train a radiologist?
One of the more important factors that go into the decision to go into radiology is understanding how long it takes to actually learn the trade. In general, it takes around 4 years to complete a residency as well as receive certification. However, there are a few years of studies beforehand, meaning that the total time is closer to 8-9 years.
AI use in radiology is increasing
There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence has been making waves throughout all industries. Radiology is no exception, with AI software increasingly being used in a variety of ways from automated reports to helping identify diseases. In fact, it’s been estimated that the market for AI-based radiology services will grow to $6.8 billion by 2021.
How accurate are radiologists?
As with any medical profession, radiologists are only as good as their training and experience allow them to be. However, on the whole, they are highly accurate in their diagnoses. It depends on the professional but accuracy levels range between 80% to mid-90s.
More than half of the world’s population doesn’t have access to proper radiology services
Though radiology is a critical part of modern healthcare, more than half of the world’s population doesn’t have access to proper radiology services. Statistics estimate that over 5 billion people can’t access qualified radiologists.