Dr. Jose Pizarro Explains How Technology Impacts the Future of Radiology

Since its inception in the early 20th century, radiology has consistently been at the forefront of scientific and medical developments. Radiology is continually changing thanks to new technological advancements. Jose Pizarro, a board-certified neuroradiologist from Longboat Key, Florida, describes how technology will impact the future of radiology, examining some new techniques that will help doctors achieve better treatment of their patients.

Dr. Jose Pizarro from Longboat Key, Florida, Discusses Technology and Radiology

AI and Radiology

Artificial intelligence or AI helps radiologists analyze a more significant number of images in a shorter time period. This means that time-sensitive decisions can be made promptly, increasing the chances of treatment success for patients with serious, emergent conditions. AI can help doctors target their diagnostic efforts by drawing on the computer system’s aggregated information gained through many different procedures of the same type.

Nanocrystals and X-Rays

At the National University of Singapore, researchers have developed a type of lead nanocrystal that is 400 times more sensitive to X-ray radiation than current X-ray media. This nanocrystal system will enable radiologists to use far less radiation when taking X-rays, exposing patients to less damage over the long term. The machines used to collect these images will also be faster to use and cost less than present technologies. Repeated exposure to many X-rays over a lifetime can lead to cancer, so this advancement can help many patients live longer and healthier lives.

Diffusion Tensor Imaging

Diffusion tensor imaging is a specialized form of MRI scanning that helps neuroradiologists understand the brain’s structure. Neuroradiologists like Dr. Jose Pizarro have begun to use the technology to help neurosurgeons plan their course of action to remove cancerous lesions.

Brain Imaging Without Contrast Agents

At Purdue University, scientists have developed a new analytical imaging technology based on functional MRI. This technology can be used to detect vascular injuries and disorders in the head and brain without the use of contrast agents. Using contrast agents, the circulation of the agent can only be timed for a few seconds. The new model will allow for much longer viewing times by tracking a blood-related MRI signal. This biomarker can assess blood flow in the patient.

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Dr. Jose Pizarro from Longboat Key, Florida, on Remote Viewing

Technology’s Impact on Radiology

Radiology has always been a field concerned with the newest advances in technology, and current and future developments bear this out. From treatments that lower the amount of radiation that needs to be used to intricate calculations of water flow among tissues in the brain, technology has a significant impact on the development of radiological science.

Dr. Jose Pizarro is a radiologist and currently evaluates Diffusion Tensor Imaging and the effects of trauma on thousands of patients every year.

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