China launches national radiology image database

China is reported to have launched a national radiology image database, the country’s first standardised medical image platform, to enable the sharing and exchange of patient information and take a step forward in implementing smart healthcare powered by artificial intelligence (AI). The project involves 350 to 400 hospitals across the country and has been approved by the National Health Commission. Radiology imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerised axial tomography (CAT) scans, is used to help diagnose diseases. Until now, medical images have been stored separately in hospitals and could only be shared among affiliated hospitals or those that have agreements with each other.