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The European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) is a not-for-profit federation of member organisations working in the area of cancer. It convenes oncology professionals and patients to be the united voice of Europe’s cancer community. ECCO’s annual European Cancer Summit brings worldwide healthcare leaders together in a unique multidisciplinary forum.

In September 2019, ESR 2nd Vice-President, Professor Beets-Tan, took the floor at the European CanCer Organisation’s renowned annual summit to discuss the positive impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the quality of care and its place in radiology. In a session titled “Artificial Intelligence: Breaking down borders in cancer care in ways not yet known?”, and before an audience of global leaders representing cancer care, research, patient advocacy and public-private sectors, she delivered a talk on the way AI will transform healthcare roles and skills.

Professor Beets-Tan emphasised the need to embrace new technologies in the field of radiology and their many uses to revamp the speciality, stating “AI will not replace radiologists but upgrade the role of radiologists, and radiologists who will use AI will replace those who don’t”.

Beets-Tan further underlined the beneficial use of AI both to prioritise medical imaging exams by showcasing the more complex ones and to generate reports, admitting, however, that its applications currently remain in the research setting.

Watch the webcast of Professor Beets-Tan’s discussion below!


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