Bits and bytes: the future of radiology lies in informatics and information technology

  • James A. Brink
  • Ronald L. Arenson
  • Thomas M. Grist
  • Jonathan S. Lewin
  • Dieter Enzmann
Computer Applications


Advances in informatics and information technology are sure to alter the practice of medical imaging and image-guided therapies substantially over the next decade. Each element of the imaging continuum will be affected by substantial increases in computing capacity coincident with the seamless integration of digital technology into our society at large. This article focuses primarily on areas where this IT transformation is likely to have a profound effect on the practice of radiology.

Key points

Clinical decision support ensures consistent and appropriate resource utilization.

Big data enables correlation of health information across multiple domains.

Data mining advances the quality of medical decision-making.

Business analytics allow radiologists to maximize the benefits of imaging resources.


Medical informatics Information technology Clinical decision support Data mining Artificial intelligence 

Copyright information

© European Society of Radiology 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Brink
    • 1
  • Ronald L. Arenson
    • 2
  • Thomas M. Grist
    • 3
  • Jonathan S. Lewin
    • 4
  • Dieter Enzmann
    • 5
  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.UCSF Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public HealthMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Emory HealthcareAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Department of Radiological SciencesUCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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