Radiology Industry Trends
Technological advancements in recent years—especially in regard to artificial intelligence (AI)—make the present an auspicious time for medical physics. Although the United States is currently experiencing a shortage of radiologists and other clinical specialists, this leaves plenty of opportunity for current radiology practices to expand and for new professionals to enter the field.
As with most other industries and disciplines, the COVID-19 pandemic marked a dramatic turning point in medical physics, making now a suitable time to take stock of where we are and where we’re going. The years 2020 and 2021 saw the acceleration of certain changes that were already in the works— this period also shed light on new revelations about how medical physics modalities can and should function as a part of health care.
Though many challenges lie ahead, radiologists and other medical physicists have many more opportunities to advance the field and, most importantly, improve patient care standards. In this paper, we share what our experts observe to be trends in radiology as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.