[Perspectives] Don’t let the data cloud the image

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It is no surprise that many radiologists feel overwhelmed with the large amount of data they have to examine. It was estimated that all the medical images captured in the USA in 2014 amounted to 100 petabytes of information, or the equivalent of 223 000 DVDs, and the global total is forecast to hit 35 zettabytes or 1 million petabytes by 2020. With the advent of personalised medicine, the processing power needed to handle the expansion of imging techniques such as CT, PET, and MRI looks set to surge even further.

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