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Technophilia: A Cautionary Tale

Published:April 30, 2023DOI:
      Perhaps no field in medicine has benefitted more from the introduction of new technologies than radiology. From Roentgen’s use of cathode ray tubes to discover the X-ray, to the new technologies that enabled Marie Curie to discover radioactivity, to Godfrey Hounsfield’s invention of the CT scanner, new eras in radiology’s history have been spawned by technological innovation. Yet radiologists have good reasons to avoid succumbing to technophilia, an excessive love of technology at the expense of the human beings on whom and by whom it is used. Sometimes our appetite for the new and clever gets in the way of our common sense. When it comes to mere consumer electronics, the risks are not so great, but because radiology exists for human beings in need of medical care, the stakes are considerably higher.
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