Aunt Minnie Names OnSight 3D Extremity System ‘Best New Radiology Device’

Customer Input Drives Carestream’s Engineering Innovation

Carestream was proud to receive the Aunt Minnie award for Best New Radiology Device at RSNA16 in Chicago. The prestigious award was given to Carestream for our innovative OnSight 3D Extremity System that brings a new modality and clinical value to the orthopaedic market.

Andrew Hartmann, Carestream’s Vice President and General Manager for ultrasound and cone beam CT; and Jim Burns, Chief Technology Officer, X-ray Solutions at Carestream, sat down at RSNA16 to talk about what drives the company’s product innovation. The dominant themes: customer input and innovation.

Carestream spends considerable time interacting with customers to design and refine its products. Customers at RSNA commented on different features in the product that they had proposed during the design process.

Similarly, about 100 sonographers, physicians, radiologists, radiology administrators, and sonography students from throughout the world touched, prodded, and gave feedback on Carestream’s Touch Prime Ultrasound product throughout its development.

A second theme in the conversation was innovation. 3D cone beam is a new modality and Carestream is making it available to a new market segment: orthopaedic offices. By doing so, Carestream is broadening the possibilities for clinical collaboration and changing the clinical workflow. By moving the modality closer to the patient, it paves the way for an improved patient experience. CBCT imaging provides more information to the surgeon over 2D X-ray with the added convenience of potentially fewer office visits for the patient.

Customer input and smart engineering innovation: it’s an award-winning combination. Listen to the full conversation between Jim Burns and Andrew Hartmann.

Guess the X-ray: December’s Image Challenge

Can you guess the image in the X-ray?

Happy December! It is time to put your thinking caps on for December’s “Guess the X-ray” Image Challenge! No one correctly guessed the November image: it was … Batman! More specifically, a Batman action figure with flexed elbow!

We welcome radiologists, technicians, RAs, MDs, PAs – or anyone who thinks they’re up to the challenge – to guess the subject in this X-ray. Please leave your answer in the comment section below or on our Facebook page. We’ll share the answer at the end of the month.

December Image Challenge

Have fun and happy guessing!

Diagnostic Reading #47: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

This week’s Diagnostic Reading include: researchers develop a way to tune the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals; 3D printers can create detailed models that help surgeons prepare for complex Chronic Pain operations; an implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk; a genetic test can determine risk of having children with cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy; and radiology practices must grow to maintain viability.

Research shows way to “tune out” chronic pain – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Researchers from the U.K. have uncovered a method to control chronic pain by changing the frequency of brain waves. Chronic pain effects up to 30 percent of people, with 62 percent of people over the age of 75 experiencing pain. The team studied nerve cells and their frequency of communication to the body to develop a way to “tune” the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals.

Unlocking the potential of 3D printing in radiology – Health Imaging

A 3D printing lab in the radiology department can bring a wide range of benefits, including improved surgical preparation, trainee education and inter-departmental collaboration, according to Mayo Clinic physicians. 3D models are used to prepare doctors for complex surgical and image-guided interventions. For example, surgeons practice deploying aortic grafts on detailed hearts, complete with simulated blood pumping through artificial veins, and use the models to determine the best way to approach a tumor resection.

Implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk – Clinical Innovation+Technology

A team of neurosurgeons has successfully implanted a device in paralyzed monkeys that allows them to walk, which may lead to improved care for humans with paralysis. A surgeon was able to place electrodes in the brain responsible for controlling leg movement and the spinal cord. The device can be turned on and syncs with brain signals to allow the patient to walk. Implanted electrodes communicate with a wireless transmitter on the outside of the skull and record muscle activity.

Amazon brings genetic testing to your front door – Clinical Innovation+Technology

Genetic testing can determine a parent’s risk of having children effected by cystic fibrosis (CF) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). One company developed a genetic test that is available from Amazon. The test takes the saliva of both parents and tests for both CF and SMA. This can be crucial knowledge, since one in 19 Americans are a carrier of CF or SMA, which means the child of two carrier parents has a 25 percent chance of having these diseases.

Private radiology practices must expand or get left behind – DotMed Healthcare Business News

The latest Radiology Business 100 survey of private radiology practices came out last month and the message is clear: radiology practices need to grow to maintain viability. While the study did not reveal specific revenue data, in general the revenue picture for large practices is better than smaller practices.  Average practice size crept up from 52 full time equivalent radiologists in 2015 to 53.5 in 2016.

Check back next Friday for a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. #healthIT


Healthcare Providers Can Create 3D Anatomical Models from Radiology Images

Carestream Health integrates Materialise service that produces 3D anatomical models for medical applications

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is an actual physical anatomical model worth?

For some healthcare providers, the ability to see and touch a 3D visualization of pathology or a model of an organ prior to surgery could be priceless. That’s why Carestream is collaborating with Materialise NV to provide healthcare providers with a Web-based printing service to create 3D anatomical models.3d anatomical model Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #46: “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Fitness trackers, Facebook, and apps are in the newsMoney and Healthcare

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: analysis indicates healthcare spending does not translate to better outcomes; fitness trackers can help surgeons monitor patient recovery; ED providers lack knowledge about patient radiation dose from various modalities; Facebook posts can reveal warning signs for mental illness; and a smartphone app can detect autism in less than a minute.

Getting better healthcare for much less money – Health Management Technology (Forbes)

According to a recent statistical analysis, medical care determines only about 11 percent of health—far less than individual behavior (38 percent), social circumstances (23 percent), and genetics and biology (21 percent). Evidence demonstrates that much of what is spent on healthcare does not translate into better health outcomes. Continue reading

Structured Reports in Radiology

Reports can help facilitate the prevention of serious or disabling diseases; an interview with Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí of the Royal Academy of MedicineRadiology structured report

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Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí has held chair number 13 of the Royal Academy of Medicine since last February. In his inaugural speech as a scholar at this prestigious institution, Dr. Martí-Bonmatí made references to quantitative radiology and imaging biomarkers.

In the second part of his interview with Everything Rad, he explains how biomarkers and structured reports will change the way radiologists work in the future. Continue reading

El uso de los informes estructurados los radiólogos facilitara la prevención de enfermedades graves o invalidantes

Una entrevista con Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina

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En esta segunda parte de la entrevista concedida a Everything Rad, el radiólogo Luís Martí-Bonmatí, que desde el pasado mes de febrero ocupa el Sillón número 13  de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, explica cómo va  cambiar en el futuro la forma de trabajar de los radiólogos gracias a avances como los biomarcadores y los informes estructurados.Informes de radiología Continue reading

Evaluating Enterprise Imaging Systems in Healthcare

A checklist for future growth and interoperability

What are the essential capabilities you need in your enterprise imaging system? It’s complicated.

To help you, we’ve detailed the capabilities around the four distinct modules within an enterprise imaging system:

  • Data capture and ingestion
  • Clinical acquisition management
  • Archive
  • Collaboration, data sharing, reporting, and analysis

Clearly defining the functional requirements that span the needs of users across your enterprise is the first step to planning for future growth and integration of clinical data into your IT ecosystems. Why? Because well-defined functional requirements specify exactly what IT systems need to accomplish in each department and across the healthcare organization. They also delineate the metrics for success.

Functional requirements also help frame the core questions posed in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or tenders, and define for vendors the capabilities that must be provided to advance interoperability and accessibility. Lastly, if your organization wants to plan for growth and change, functional requirements define the standards that must be met to ensure future compatibility and minimize disruption.

Download our checklist for reference and read the white paper that goes into more explanation of the functional requirements for enterprise clinical data management.

Checklist of capabilities in an enterprise imaging system

Diagnostic Reading #45: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Radiologists taking on larger educational role

Diagnostic Reading: person watching a video

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: radiology is educating patients through informative online videos; radiologists can affect public health through their role in cancer screening; data collected from EHRs, registries, and wearable technology can be valuable sources of data in helping the FDA make regulatory decisions about the safety and effectiveness of medical devices; If a patient commits suicide after receiving imaging results he or she perceives to be bad news, could the radiologist be held responsible?; and a U.S. doctor with cancer smuggled in a vaccine from Cuba and it appears to be helping.

Lights, camera, imaging! Online videos can have a big impact on radiology – Health Imaging

The radiology industry continues to find new ways to take advantage of technological advances. According to a recent study, radiology is now educating patients through informative online videos. One of the first thing patients do when they think they might need an examination is look it up online—and when those frantic searches reveal helpful video content, it’s going to help answer a whole lot of questions. Continue reading

RSNA 2016 Program Highlights: Scientific Sessions to Attend

Carestream university hospital research partners presenting at RSNA16

More than 1,700 scientific papers will be presented by esteemed medical imaging researchers at the 2016 meeting of the RSNA. In addition, more than 400 educational courses are being offered. The Image of calendar pagescientific talks and educational courses run concurrently on subject areas representing each of the clinical specialties, imaging informatics, physics, and healthcare policy.

In parallel with the oral presentations, the Lakeside Learning Center will host the poster sessions and case of the day exhibits. Posters and exhibits can be reviewed independently, or alternatively, discussed with the authors during specifically designated days and times. Conveniently, there are extended hours for viewing posters and exhibits, so there is ample opportunity each day before and after the close of the trade show floor to take these in.

Included in the 1,700 plus scientific presentations will be several talks delivered by Carestream’s university hospital research partners. These presentations will highlight Carestream’s clinical research initiatives in the areas of cone beam computed tomography and digital tomosynthesis. These are applications that utilize high performance flat panel digital radiography detector technologies. Each of these talks is embedded within a 1.5 hour duration scientific session. Each session is comprised of a variety of presentations on related clinical performance or imaging physics topics.

In addition, the Deputy Director of Information Technology and Communications of the Andalusian Health Service will give a presentation on how they are using Carestream’s software to share images and information throughout their public healthcare system that serves more than 8,500,000 inhabitants.

Plenary sessions are especially worthwhile

Perhaps the most visionary and thought-provoking talks however, are those presented each year by luminary radiology leaders during the plenary sessions. The official kickoff of the RSNA meeting program is the President’s Opening Session on Sunday morning at 8:30 in the Arie Crown Theater. The opening session sets the stage for the theme of the RSNA meeting. This year, the opening session will feature talks by the president of the RSNA (Dr. Richard Baron) with an address on the digital revolution in radiology. He will be followed by Dr. Keith Dreyer who will speak on machine intelligence in radiology. The opening session concludes with a talk by Dr. Robert M. Wachter on lessons learned for radiology as medicine enters the digital age. For those who are unable to attend the opening session, the good news is that an inspiring plenary session will be given each day throughout the week at RSNA.

Plan ahead for a successful conference

With so many interesting scientific papers being presented, it is important to prepare a schedule in advance, in particular as the talks might be spaced across different pavilions and require travel time. I’m in the process of building my own schedule of talks to attend. In addition to the plenary sessions and sessions containing the presentations by Carestream research collaborators, I’ve identified a few talks (listed below) that I won’t want to miss.

The complete list of RSNA16 plenary sessions, scientific papers, and posters can be accessed via the RSNA program website, including more information about the papers being presented by researchers from leading universities in collaboration with Carestream.


Science Session with Keynote: Musculoskeletal (Metabolic and Systemic Processes: Effects on the Musculoskeletal System and Beyond); Anne Cotton,MD; Leon Lenchik, MD; and Musculoskeletal Keynote Speaker: Metabolic and Systemic Disease Targets in the Musculoskeletal System: Imaging Considerations; Martin Torriania, MD;   10:45 – 12:15 Room/SSA14/ S406A

Science Session with Keynote: Breast Imaging (Multimodality Screening); Rachel F. Brem, MD, and Maxine S. Jochelson, MD; and Breast Imaging Keynote Speaker; Multimodality Screening Part 1, Rachel F. Brem, MD; 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m./SSA01/Arie Crown Theater


Science Session with Keynote: Chest (Nodule/Radiomics); Jo-Anne O. Shepard, MD; Christian J. Herold, MD; and Chest Keynote Speaker: Fleischner Society Nodule Guidelines Update, Heber MacMahon, MD; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m./SSC03/S404CD


Science Session with Keynote: Pediatrics (Interventional Radiology); John M. Racadio, MD; C. Matthew Hawkins, MD; and Pediatrics Keynote Speaker: Central Venous Access in Pediatric Patients, David J. Lord, MD; 3-4 p.m./SSM19/S102AB

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David-H.-Foos_CarestreamHealth_headshot_BWDavid H. Foos is Chief Technology Officer at Carestream Health and is Director of Research and Innovation. Mr. Foos holds a M.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has 34 granted patents and 17 peer reviewed journal publications.