The ISR-endorsed paper on "How to improve access to medical imaging in low- and middle-income countries" has been published in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine.
In this paper, the authors point out the still existing shortages of imaging equipment and workforce in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As imaging has become key in the care pathway of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the ISR proposes a plan to upscale the role of imaging in the global health agenda, with a holistic approach for LMICs. The idea is to organise imaging services via regional Centres of Reference, corresponding to tertiary care centres.
The need to better exploit IT and the potential of artiﬁcial intelligence for imaging, also in LMICs, is highlighted, too.
In line with its general collaborative approach, the ISR considers the involvement of professional and international organisations as crucial to improve access to medical imaging in LMICs. The ISR, therefore, proposes the establishment of an International Commission on Medical Imaging under the umbrella of international organisations and encourages collaboration with other diagnostic disciplines to raise awareness of the importance to enhance diagnostics at large and to foster its integration into the care pathway globally.
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