Conventional Medical Imaging Modalities Facing Disruption

Published: 7 Sep 2018

Ever since Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered the X-rays in 1895, medical imaging has played an increasingly important role in clinical diagnostics helping clinicians screen, diagnose and monitor various health conditions. Beginning from a humble X-ray system, which still holds a significant position in medical imaging, the industry has seen the launch of Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography, Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) and various other diagnostic modalities that have revolutionized the diagnostic and treatment protocols in the clinical world. Invasive exploratory surgeries which were considered standard a couple of decades ago, have been largely replaced with diagnostic imaging which are non-invasive and provide the physicians and surgeons with anatomical and functional details up to cellular and molecular levels. Imaging not only occupies an important role in screening and diagnostics but also forms the basis for interventional radiology, radiotherapy and image guidance procedures.

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