The 3 Trends Poised to Make the Biggest Impact on Medical Imaging in 2020

The 3 Trends Poised to Make the Biggest Impact on Medical Imaging in 2020While 2019 saw some wonderful advances in machine vision and medical imaging, 2020 is being labeled by some as “The Year of Perfect Vision,” and is set to revolutionize healthcare as we know it. Thanks to machine vision and medical imaging, physicians are detecting and treating disease faster than ever. These technologies are constantly improving to save lives, and serve as an example of how influential machine vision is becoming. 

The Biggest Medical Imaging Trends of 2020

1. Artificial Intelligence

AI started at the top of many lists for medical imaging trends in 2019, and it rightfully earns its spot in 2020. A seemingly endless supply of artificial intelligence solutions continues to flood the machine vision and medical imaging markets.

Artificial intelligence allows doctors and researchers to blast through medical scans at lightning speed and with greater accuracy than they could alone. AI offers groundbreaking new insights into disease, injury, and other medical conditions. Expect the use of AI to skyrocket in 2020 like it did last year.

2. Blockchain

Growing right along with artificial intelligence is blockchain. Blockchain is newer than AI, but it complements AI perfectly. The distributed database framework enables AI computing across distributed ledgers. Blockchain can also help graphics processing units go faster than ever to assist AI analytics.

Blockchain also offers a solution for machine vision and medical imaging security. Laws throughout the world require data about patients to be stored securely. The implementation of 5G networks will likely encourage the sharing of sensitive data that needs to be encrypted, for example, sensitive data about patients. Blockchain has already been adopted by the financial sector, so we can likely expect healthcare to follow suit.

3. Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear imaging is expected to continue on its path of explosive growth. The technology involves the injection or swallowing of radioactive materials prior to a medical imaging scan. The radiotracers (or radiopharmaceuticals) help provide a more detailed image than traditional imaging alone.

Doctors have begun using nuclear imaging to diagnose everything from thyroid disease to cancer to heart problems. A new kind of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is expected to help doctors better predict the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how they treat cognitive decline.


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