From “Imaging 2.0” to “Imaging 3.0”

On the Crises of Radiology and Its “Culture Shifts”
  • Kathrin Friedrich
Part of the Technikzukünfte, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / Futures of Technology, Science and Society book series (TEWG)


Two major technological turnovers led to a crisis in the disciplinary self-conception of clinical radiology within the last 20 years. In the late 1990s, the transformation of analogue visualization techniques and diagnostic workflows into all-digital environments challenged the radiological modes of processing and reading medical images. This so-called analogue-digital migration fundamentally transformed the diagnostic process into a fully digital one. The analysis of user modeling processes and of its implementation in everyday work routines demonstrates the interdisciplinary tensions between radiology and, in particular, software design on how to conceptualize a discipline and its novel digitally-based work practices. More recently, the use of imaging techniques and visualization technologies in other medical disciplines causes strategic and political campaigns such as Imaging 3.0 to claim radiology’s very own professional position in changing clinical environments and in health care policy decisions. Radiology tries to demand back its leading role as a clinical discipline with long-lasting traditions of visual expertise by simultaneously opening to new political demands such as patient-centered health care. The analysis of tumor boards illustrates the multidisciplinary contexts of today’s cancer treatment regimes and thereby points to the contested status of radiology as a discipline with a very specific visual expertise. I will explore the professional “crises” and proclaimed culture shift s of radiology in the course of the analogue-digital migration as well as the Imaging 3.0 campaign by focusing on the relations between conceptual developments on a more macroscopic level and their impact on everyday practices within radiological settings.


Technological innovation User-modeling Image-guided intervention Visual expertise Clinical radiology 



My research was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (01UB0925A) as well as by the DFG Cluster of Excellence 1027 “Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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