I am not a radiologist, but worked for a meidical equipment companies for some years. I think doctors & radiologists can be benefited in two ways:
- Released from workload pressure
- Learning from starte-of-art detection methods.
Patients also can take some advantages:
- More accurate detection. Because the medical quality in some developing countries is extreme unbalanced, especially for poor neighborhoods there are a small number of qualified practitioners.
- Reducing waiting time. Since machines tend to be more effective in processing images.
However, there are two major problems prevent using of automatic x-ray products.
The first one is that, in many cases, doing X-ray is not enough to diagnose dieases directly, thus there is a little chance for deep learning to take effect ( disease filtering is ok).
The other thing is that cost control of such a product is extreme important. In developing countries, the salary of radiologist is not as high as in developed countries, hence if a product equiped with deep learning algorithms is more expensive than hiring a full-time radiologist, hospitals will probably choose to hire a new employee.