The impact of information technology on radiology services

Date: 14 July 2016

Venue: UZA - Auditorium Kinsbergen (route 12) - Wilrijkstraat 10 - 2650 EDEGEM

Time: 3:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

PhD candidate: Erik Ranschaert

Principal investigator: Prof P. Parizel & Prof O. Ratib

Short description: PhD defence Erik Ranschaert - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


In this thesis the impact of digitisation on radiology is analysed based upon diverse initiatives and research projects that were conducted in the period between the early days and now. Various topics such as web-based sharing of radiological images, teleradiology, digital communication and advanced processing of medical data, are discussed. Based on these findings the author formulates his vision and advises about the future role of the radiologist.

In the dissertation The impact of information technology on radiology services the author describes the most important changes that took place in the field of information technology since the end of past century, and their impact on radiology.

A real revolution has been provoked in radiology by the complete digitisation of medical imaging and the deep integration of Internet in both society and healthcare. Digital archiving, processing and distribution of radiological images, as well as the development of various types of teleradiology, are an important part of this change.

Radiology is facing many new challenges and opportunities due to the on-going exchangeability, integration and automated analysis of medical data and images. Other major trends such as the increasing personalisation of medicine and growing engagement of patients in their healthcare process are also significantly influencing this turnaround in radiology.