Canadian radiologists to lobby government for investment

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Radiologists from across Canada will come together on November 5 and 6 to meet with members of Parliament to talk about key issues in medical imaging that affect patient care.

Recently, the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) published a prebudget submission that defined the priorities for medical imaging in Canada based on improved access and enhanced outcomes for patients. The association requested the federal government take a leadership role in the following four key areas:

  • Invest $625 million (Canadian) over five years in modern medical imaging equipment across Canada.
  • Partner with the CAR to develop a strategy involving radiology for the eradication of tuberculosis in Inuit communities.
  • Invest in a pan-Canadian clinical decision-support system for referral guidelines and appropriateness of medical imaging in Canada.
  • Invest in artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology and assume a leadership role in establishing an ethical framework for the implementation of technology.

"A modest investment from government in modern equipment and research will have a significant gain in improving patient outcomes and ultimately make medical imaging more accessible for Canadians," said CAR President Dr. Emil Lee.

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