Artificial intelligence in oncologic imaging

Eur J Radiol Open. 2022 Sep 29;9:100441. doi: 10.1016/j.ejro.2022.100441. eCollection 2022.


Radiology is integral to cancer care. Compared to molecular assays, imaging has its advantages. Imaging as a noninvasive tool can assess the entirety of tumor unbiased by sampling error and is routinely acquired at multiple time points in oncological practice. Imaging data can be digitally post-processed for quantitative assessment. The ever-increasing application of Artificial intelligence (AI) to clinical imaging is challenging radiology to become a discipline with competence in data science, which plays an important role in modern oncology. Beyond streamlining certain clinical tasks, the power of AI lies in its ability to reveal previously undetected or even imperceptible radiographic patterns that may be difficult to ascertain by the human sensory system. Here, we provide a narrative review of the emerging AI applications relevant to the oncological imaging spectrum and elaborate on emerging paradigms and opportunities. We envision that these technical advances will change radiology in the coming years, leading to the optimization of imaging acquisition and discovery of clinically relevant biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, staging, and treatment monitoring. Together, they pave the road for future clinical translation in precision oncology.