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In the headlines: An artificial intelligence tool that reads chest X-rays without oversight from a radiologist has been approved in the EU last week.
The tool, called ChestLink, scans chest X-rays and automatically sends patient reports on those it considers as totally healthy, with no abnormalities. Although this announcement is promising, one question often comes up: is autonomous AI tools safe? Regulation is quite controversial. The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America published a joint letter in 2020 saying that AI programs were too inconsistent and often didn’t perform as well on groups of patients outside of the original environments they were built in.
Oxipit said in a statement that ChestLink made zero “clinically relevant” errors during pilot programs at multiple locations and expects the first healthcare organizations to be using the autonomous tool by 2023.
As AI has the potential to change the landscape of modern clinical radiology, we will continue to keep up with developments.
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