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Medical imaging using artificial intelligence holds the promise of potentially transformative benefit at all levels of the health system, from patients to providers to institutions, in both the near and medium term

Exploring ethical challenges of AI and patient data

But realizing this potential requires overcoming numerous challenges, some of which are ethical:

• Who will have access to patient data, and how will it be protected?
• What steps must be taken to ensure that intelligent medical imaging is worthy of our trust?
• How can we best utilize patient data, for the benefit of all?

Our Role in NCIMI

Addressing these and other complex ethical questions requires a collaborative approach between scientists, clinician-researchers, ethicists, administrators, and members of the public. The role of the ethicists working in NCIMI is to make progress on foundational and socially relevant ethical issues in medical imaging, data sharing, and AI, by developing collaborations bridging philosophy and science.


Working in collaboration with NCIMI investigators and drawing on their exemplar projects, we will investigate key ethical questions, and produce generalizable guidance applicable to current and future projects in intelligent medical imaging. We will also provide ethics support to individual projects, building novel and productive bridges between science and ethics.

Our Objectives

• To identify and address the ethical challenges emerging from the development of intelligent medical imaging, and its integration into a wider care context.
- This requires an approach that has a strong foundation in moral theory, is responsive to the realities of research and clinical practice, and attentive to societal values.

• To provide ethics support to researchers within the consortium.
- This includes working with researchers to identify the ethical values relevant to their use of imaging data, and provide decision-making support in balancing these concerns.

• To foster lasting collaborations between scientists and ethicists within NCIMI, as well as provide a forum for wider discussion of ethical challenges associated with intelligent medical imaging.

What  We Can Offer


Ethics support on an individual project level, or facilitating larger ethics meetings, discussions, and forums.
Helpful resources for thinking about ethical challenges researchers might encounter, and support for devising strategies to address them.

Collaboration in educating and engaging with members of the public on what AI is, what it can (and can't) do, and the steps NCIMI is taking to protect and promote societal interests.

How to Seek Our Help


For inquires, or to arrange a meeting (researchers), please contact Mackenzie:

Mackenzie Graham: Senior Research Fellow in Imaging and Data Ethics, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
Email: mackenzie.graham@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

Danielle Wilson: Patient & Public Involvement, Ethics & Behavioural Economics Operational Lead, NCIMI
Email: danielle.wilson@ouh.nhs.uk

Michael Parker: Director, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
Email: michael.parker@ethox.ox.ac.uk