Week in Review: AI again dominates at RSNA | Imaging of vaping | MRI safety

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

RSNA 2019 has come to a close. It's time to take a breath and look back at the top trends from this past week's meeting in Chicago.

Once again, talk of artificial intelligence (AI) dominated the discussion in McCormick Place. Despite some nagging questions about whether AI has been overhyped, it's clear that the technology is moving ever closer to clinical reality.

An increasing number of AI algorithms were on display, many of which have regulatory clearance. And software developers are making progress in creating tools to deliver AI functionality to radiologists in ways that won't disrupt their workflow.

Sure, there were definitely signs of hype in the technical exhibits, but on the whole the excitement around AI and its potential was palpable. That excitement was reflected by the fact that several of our most-viewed stories during RSNA week concerned AI and the related disciplines of deep learning and machine learning.

These include our annual interview with Dr. Paul Chang for his perspectives on AI, as well as a story on the use of AI for breast screening. And a review of the AI Showcase by the PACSman -- Michael J. Cannavo -- also generated reader interest.

Outside the realm of AI, our readers were drawn to recent research on the use of medical imaging to detect vaping-related lung injury, while others favored a study on the use of MRI-guided transurethral ultrasound ablation to treat prostate cancer. And our video interview with Dr. Emanuel Kanal on MRI safety also scored highly.

Find all these stories and more in our RADCast @ RSNA special section.

RSNA is always an exhausting but exhilarating week, and this year's conference was no exception. It was our privilege to bring you all the latest news from Chicago -- looking forward to it next year!

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