Imperfect. In a perfect world, no one would ever make a mistake. And this would certainly be true in the field of medicine. But clearly, we don't live in a perfect world. And in an imperfect world, there is a natural desire to take steps that may move the real world closer to the perfect ideal. In many respects, this is the primary motivation that is driving Artificial Intelligence (AI) deeper into the field of radiology. And moving the field of radiology closer to the perfect ideal is also the driving force behind radiology-related second opinions.

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Functions. For patients, radiology-related second opinions serve a quality-control function and a peace-of-mind function. For hospitals, imaging centers, individual radiologists, and radiology groups, second opinions serve a quality-control function and a litigation-avoidance function. But for those who make a living in the field of radiology, the benefits of second opinions go even further.

Transformation. The fact is, the profession of radiology is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. It's partly due to the impending maturation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It's partly due to the desire of patients to know their doctors and that means all of their doctors. And it's partly due to a million other things. But regardless of the specific reason for the transformation, radiologists are under more pressure than ever to prove their worth. And providing radiology-related second opinions is just one way radiologists can demonstrate their continued value. What's more, radiologists must begin taking the steps necessary to survive in an AI-dominated world because in the world of the future they will likely be forced to transition from a primary healthcare component into a secondary healthcare component. By offering second opinions now, radiologists can protect patients and they can also gain valuable experience that will easily transfer to a world where AI is king.

Subscribe. If you'd like to participate in future-proofing the profession of radiology, you may want to consider offering radiology-related second opinions. If you are an individual radiologist or radiology group and you don't want to deal with the administrative aspects of offering second opinions, you may become one of our subscribers through the payment of an annual fee. Once you become a subscriber, we'll help coordinate all referrals. Note that we expect our Second Opinions service to be available later in 2020; however, you may express your desire to participate in this service at any time.

Chain Reaction. Before you leave, we'd like to make one last comment about Artificial Intelligence. If the history of technology is any guide, most people are seriously overestimating how long it will take for AI to transform the lives of individuals and businesses, society, and the field of radiology in particular. Indeed, all signs indicate that AI is on the verge of undergoing a chain reaction. And that means you need to prepare for an AI-dominated world now, before the chain reaction occurs. After all, because AI is maturing at an accelerating rate, there's no way to know in advance what the fallout will be if you choose to wait.

Admittedly, there's always some degree of hype and sensationalism surrounding impactful technologies. Nevertheless, we take the impending dominance of AI very seriously. In fact, to help others prepare for game-changing technologies like AI, we created the Blue Perigee Institute for Frontier Technologies (BPIFT).

Contact. To contact us about becoming a radiology-related, second-opinion service provider, please visit Connect and complete our Connect Form, message us via Telegram or email us.