In a recent meta-study of 440 randomly selected medical imaging studies published in 2019, authors Thomas C. Kwee and Robert M. Kwee found their preponderance to benefit patient care. Of those, roughly 48% were found to increase the “workload of diagnostic radiologists (i.e., number of examinations performed per time unit)”, while roughly 4% decreased their workload.
“In an academic tertiary care center, 65.0% of recently published medical imaging studies could directly contribute to patient care, of which 48.3% would increase and 4.5% would decrease workload.”
“In a non-academic general teaching hospital, 63.0% of recently published medical imaging studies could directly contribute to patient care, of which 48.7% would increase and 4.3% would decrease workload.”
“Interstingly, studies with AI as primary research area were significantly associated with an increased workload; > 86% of AI studies increased workload, of which the far majority [were] due to an increase in both post-processing and interpretation time.”