New Orthopaedic CT Machine Can Help Imaging Centers Compete for Referrals

Imaging centers can attract referrals with an ortho CT that provides patient comfort and weight-bearing studies

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)1, in its publication “Ortho Info,” describes the CT exam as follows2. “You lie as motionless as possible on a table that slides into the center of the cylinder-like CT scanner. The process is painless. An x-ray tube slowly rotates around you, taking many pictures from all directions. A computer combines the images to produce a clear, two-dimensional view on a television screen.” That description is certainly the way things were prior to the invention of Carestream’s cone beam orthopedic CT, which won Aunt Minnie’s “Minnies” award last year as the best new radiological device3.   Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #37: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

A focus on IDoR2017 and capital budget planning are in the news

Picture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

Diagnostic Reading keeps you up to date on current news

This week’s articles include: emergency radiology is the focus of the upcoming International Day of Radiology; the future of radiology and artificial intelligence; a recent study of NSCLC patients with radiotherapy treatment; advice for department chairs with capital budgets; and a new scientific model for tailoring pediatric CT dosage.

International Day of Radiology  – www.ACR.org

The sixth annual International Day of Radiology (IDoR) on November 8, 2017— jointly sponsored by the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the European Society of Radiology—will have international activities to mark the event, with more than 100 medical societies in 57 countries. This year, IDoR will focus on emergency radiology and the essential role that radiologists play in the emergency room, increasing the quality of care and treatment of patients. November 8, 2017, marks the 122nd anniversary of the 1895 discovery of the X-ray by German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen.  Continue reading

Wireless Digital X-ray Imaging Keeps Pace with Fast-Moving MotoGP Riders

CARESTREAM DRX-1 Detector and Clinica Mobile give MotoGP and WSBK racers quick diagnostic results

Michele Zasa, Medical Director, Clinica Mobile

A rider placing his right hand on a CARESTREAM DRX-1 Detector

Wireless detectors help speed up diagnoses on MotoGP and World Superbike competitors

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When you’re zooming around a MotoGP or World Superbike track at almost 200 mph, injuries are inevitable. Fortunately, staff at Clinica Mobile have their own rapid resource: the CARESTREAM DRX-1 Detector. The wireless digital x-ray detector creates exposures within seconds.

Clinica Mobile is a fully equipped mobile medical and physiotherapy center for the MotoGP and World Superbike (WSBK) circuits. The world’s leading motorcycle aces, such as Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, and Jonathan Rea, come to our mobile clinic for diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries. The Carestream wireless DRX-1 Detector gives us instant access to X-ray images, speeding up our diagnoses and decisions on patient care. Continue reading

La imagen de rayos X digital inalámbrica mantiene el ritmo con los pilotos de MotoGP de movimiento rápido

El Detector DRX-1 de CARESTREAM y Clinica Mobile ofrecen a los pilotos de MotoGP y WSBK rápidos resultados diagnósticos

Michele Zasa, Medical Director, Clinica Mobile

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Cuando se corre alrededor de una pista de MotoGP o World Superbike a casi 200 mph, las lesiones son inevitables. Afortunadamente, el personal de Clinica Mobile tiene su propio recurso rápido: el detector CARESTREAM DRX-1. El detector de rayos X digital inalámbrico crea exposiciones radiografía en cuestión de segundos.

competidores de MotoGP y World Superbike [radiografía]

Los detectores inalámbricos ayudan a acelerar los diagnósticos de los competidores de MotoGP y World Superbike [#radiografía]

Clinica Mobile es un centro médico y de fisioterapia móvil totalmente equipado para los circuitos de MotoGP y World Superbike (WSBK). Los principales ases de motocicletas del mundo, como Marc Márquez, Balentino Rossi y Jonathan Rea, acuden a nuestra clínica móvil para el diagnóstico y tratamiento de lesiones menores. El Detector DRX-1 inalámbrico de Carestream nos da acceso instantáneo a imágenes de rayos X, acelerando nuestros diagnósticos y decisiones sobre el cuidado del paciente.

 El detector DRX-1 facilita el diagnóstico rápido

Podemos colocar y ajustar fácilmente el detector de imágenes bajo el brazo, la pierna o cualquier otra área que necesite imágenes. El detector de rayos X digital envía la exposición de forma inalámbrica a la consola en unos pocos segundos. Un cargador de batería independiente permite que el detector se utilice mientras se carga una batería de repuesto.  Continue reading

L’imaging Diagnostico Sta Al Passo Con la Velocità dei Piloti Della Moto GP

Il DRX-1 System di Carestream e la professionalità della Clinica Mobile forniscono ai piloti di MotoGP e Superbike ottimi risultati in termini diagnostici

Michele Zasa, è direttore medico della, Clinica Mobile

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Quando un pilota sfreccia intorno a una pista del MotoGP o del Campionato Superbike a circa 300 km/h purtroppo sono inevitabili degli incidenti. Il personale di Clinica Mobile ha, però, una soluzione rapida: il detettore wireless Carestream DRX-1 che consente ai piloti di esporsi in pochi secondi ai raggi X avendo immediatamente le immagini a disposizione.

Foto del cavaliere che ottiene un raggi x [Radiología]

I detettori DRX-1 consentono una diagnosi veloce [Radiología]

Clinica Mobile è una struttura medica e di fisioterapia completamente attrezzata per i circuiti di MotoGP e Superbike (WSBK). I grandi campioni del moto mondiale, come Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi e Jonathan Rea, vengono alla nostra clinica mobile per effettuare le diagnosi e gli eventuali trattamenti delle lesioni non gravi. Il detettore wireless DRX-1 di Carestream ci dà, in questo senso, accesso immediato alle immagini a raggi X velocizzando le diagnosi e le relative decisioni sulla cura del paziente. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #36: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: outside forces shape HIEs and outpatient imaging centers

Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph

Diagnostic Reading keeps you up to date on current news

This week’s articles include: cinematic rendering of medical images creates lifelike images; the benefits of teaching radiology to undergraduate students; HIEs and their growing importance; children receive more CT radiation at nonpediatric hospitals; and the state of outpatient imaging and its effect on both large and smaller providers.

AJR papers shine spotlight on cinematic rendering  – AuntMinnie.com

Cinematic rendering of medical images—also called “3D on steroids”—creates strikingly lifelike images from scans. Although many in radiology aren’t sure how it works, two recent papers in the American Journal of Roentgenology offer an explanation of this new technique. These two separate research groups describe their experiences with cinematic rendering and see its promising future as an improvement over both 2D images and 3D volume rendering. Continue reading

Guess the X-ray: September Image Challenge

Can you guess the image in the X-ray?

Happy September!

It’s time for a new “Guess the X-ray Image Challenge!”  We welcome radiologists, technologists, 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. The challenge will stop at the end of the month.

Congratulations to those who correctly guessed the August image challenge!  The correct answer was — a hair dryer

Happy guessing and good luck!

What is the FDA Approval Process for Medical Devices?

FDA approval process for medical imaging devices helps ensure safety and efficacy of products

Image of FDA approval on Carestream products

FDA review helps ensure safety and efficacy of medical imaging devices

Carolyn L. Wagner, Carestream Health

As we introduce new solutions for radiology and health IT, we are often asked, “What is the FDA approval process for medical devices?”

The purpose of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to ensure the safety and efficacy of products that are used in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, including products for diagnostic medical imaging.

The US FDA has three different classifications for medical devices based on the level of control deemed necessary to assure the safety and effectiveness of a device. Class 1 devices require the least amount of oversight by the FDA.  Class 3 devices are held to the strictest controls that the FDA has defined. Only Class 2 and Class 3 medical devices require FDA clearance or approval (respectively) prior to being marketed in the US. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #35: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: experts pitch cloud for cyber security; patient receives 3D printed skull bone

Picture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

Diagnostic Reading keeps you up to date on current news

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: machine learning and how it helps radiologists; the rise of digital breast tomosynthesis; the benefits of cloud computing in cyber security; radiology trends in 2017; and successful surgery involving a 3D skull implant.

AI will augment rather than replace radiologists: How and why – Health Imaging

Despite projections of radiology’s demise due to algorithms, a recent article suggests that not only will machine learning not take radiologists’ jobs, it will become a routine component of their clinical practice—making their work more efficient, accurate, satisfying, and valued. The authors of the article, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, state that most algorithms now being developed or refined provide computer-assisted diagnosis and detection (CADD) of discrete radiologic findings. Continue reading

Digital Radiography Detectors: How Secure Are Your Medical Images?

The security within your digital X-ray detector

illustration of data in transmission from a detector

Digital X-ray detectors have several layers of security

Scott Rogerson, Carestream Health

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Digital radiography detectors capture what seems like the most personal of data: an image of our inner selves. For this reason, hospital administrators and radiology directors occasionally ask us about the ways we secure this most private of data. And with good reason.

As evidenced by the WannaCry ransomware attack, healthcare continues to be the most expensive industry for data breaches. Healthcare data breaches cost organizations $380 per stolen record—more than twice the average global cost across all industries, according to the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study sponsored by IBM Security. Ask a chief information officer or IT director what keeps them up at night, and undoubtedly the security of patient data will be high on their list. It’s also a top priority for Carestream Health. Continue reading