KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 – Patients wanting to know more about their diagnosis should not be seen as a threat to radiologists, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
In a Facebook post, he said that patients’ eagerness should be taken as an opportunity for radiologists to enhance their facilities.
“More so, the patients of today want to know more, already know more and eager to take part in the discussion on their diagnosis,” Dr Noor Hisham said at the National Institute of Health to officiate International Day of Radiology 2019.
“However, all of these should not be seen as threat, rather it should be used as opportunities for radiologists to take the lead in making use of these tools for the betterment of healthcare, with the patient and person at the centre of the care.”
Dr Noor Hisham observed an advancement in big data, deep machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation and mobile solutions that has introduced shifts in the field of radiology.
“Radiology is an important and evolving specialty which forms an integral part of patient care. Radiology has advanced from merely performing diagnostic examination to providing therapeutic interventional radiology services.
“Newer technologies, advancement and the science of radiology has transformed tremendously over the past forty years especially with the introduction of CT scan, MRI and digitalisation,” he added.