Radiology groups release AI ethics policy

Several professional societies in the field of radiology released a joint statement on the ethics of artificial intelligence, noting that while AI can increase efficiency and accuracy in radiology, it also carries the potential for bias and other systemic errors.

According to the statement's authors, the ethical use of AI will "promote well-being, minimize harm, and ensure that the benefits and harms are distributed among stakeholders in a just manner." AI designed for use in radiology must be transparent and dependable, they wrote, with ultimate accountability remaining in the hands of the technology's human creators.

To ensure the development of the most ethical technology possible, the report urges the radiology community to craft codes of ethics and practice for AI. Additionally, it suggests that all AI tools be vetted by regulatory boards tasked with weeding out technology designed only for financial gain, rather than to "help patients and the common good."

The statement was produced by the American College of Radiology, European Society of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics, Canadian Association of Radiologists and American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Read the statement in full here.

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