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- Aug 14, 2012
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Did you know people have been peddling that kind of bull**** scaremongering for past 10 years?
Why is it going to happen now.
This sounds like a huge liability for the hospital, especially since so many crucial decisions are made based on how a radiologist reads a study. A subtle finding can determine whether a patient receives surgery, is treated with serious medications, etc. Because of this, I doubt that radiologists will be competing with their Indian counterparts any time soon.
Ah, technology is getting better. Part of the problem is how fast you can move large amounts of data across the world (i.e bandwidth). As technology improves, it will be much easier for someone in India to get 1000 scans in full within minutes. Now, you're correct that the legal environment will not allow them to be the only ones looking at the scans... but it is very possible that they can look at scans overnight for pennies on the dollar, then the other radiologists can sign off on them in the morning.
This is no different from Anesthesia having tons of nurses to provide for basic anesthesia cases. Will MDs still be needed? Absolutely. Will there need be as great? No, it will be diminished by some amount. How much is the question that everyone is guessing. But to think that the demand for radiologists will not change with the technological environment is delusion.
It's not competition as much as it is filling a niche that eases the costs of radiology services in America. I think the nurse anesthetist analogy fits here.