Radiology lives: beware of burnout

 The hectic pace of this year’s European Congress of Radiology (ECR) may have led many delegates to experience an increasingly common feeling among radiologists: burnout

“We’re working longer hours, doing more imaging studies, and because of this we feel burnout and we are losing the purpose of what we do,” warned Dr Mauricio Castillo in a video for after taking the stage to talk about the problem at ECR.

Castillo, who is professor of radiology and chief and program director of neuroradiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US, noted that the American radiology workforce will be 20% less than what is needed by 2025.

Part of the industry response to this should be to attract more women into the radiology workforce, Castillo said. At an individual level, he recommended exercise and learning to say ‘no’.

Castillo himself recognised this was easier said than done: “I’m a person who has never learned to say no to anything,” he said.

The good news is that technology is coming to the rescue, with innovations ranging from reporting platforms to artificial intelligence helping to make radiology more efficient. In the long term, “the machine will help you,” promised Castillo.

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