All specialities depend on radiologists, and radiology. They, along with GPs have to have a deep knowledge of the whole human anatomy and physiology. Their skills are moving from diagnosis into treatment, as some tumours can be infarcted (have their blood supply cut off) at the same time as a diagnosis is made. Kidneys in particular lend themselves to this treatment. Artificial Intelligence is no threat to doctors, but it’s potential needs to be managed. A shortage of Radiologists is bad news for the future. The Economist confirms that in their view they will still be needed, but their skills will develop and change. Computers will become more and more useful for the reporting of routine, but more complex judgements have to be made by physicians. Radiologists are also the first physician to know of a bad diagnosis or prognosis, and therefore they are often “breaking bad news”. So their communication skills need to be good, as well as their radiological ones.
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The RSNA News (Radiological Society of North America) points out the desperate shortage of radiologists in Scotland. Why is there such a “deepening gap in the workforce”, and what is a possible “big picture solution” that involves providing doctors form the UK rather than from 2nd and third world countries who can ill afford to lose them?