Informatics, Advanced Visualization and Mobile Device Clearance Hot On AuntMinnie’s Radar at RSNA

Erik Ridley, Sr. Editor with Aunt Minnie, talks about what he thinks are the hot trends in technology at RSNA 2011 — informatics, advanced visualization and mobile viewers.


What healthcare IT trends are you watching for? 

Blessing Hospital Director of Radiology Services Talks DR, Dose and Mobile X-Ray at RSNA

Candace Tretter,  Director of Radiology Services, Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Ill. discusses her facility’s conversion from CR to DR systems; improvements in efficiency and dose reduction,  and shares her feedback on the preview of CARESTREAM’s DRX-Revolution* Mobile X-Ray System at RSNA 2011.

*Not Commercially Available

Navigating a Sea of Choice at RSNA – PACS and Zero-footprint Viewers

Mark Straub, PACS Administrator at West Allegheny Health System in Pennsylvania, talks about what to look for when evaluating PACS systems at a massive show like RSNA 2011, how his facility chose their CARESTREAM VUE SuperPACS solution and what’s on his radar – zero-footprint mobile image viewers.

What PACS and image sharing advancements have caught your attention this year?

Video: See the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Preview at RSNA 2011

Portable imaging has been a big draw to our booth this week at RSNA.

Mobile x-ray systems are an essential tool in treating what are often the sickest of patients – those confined to bed and in need of urgent care.  However, bedside diagnostic imaging also poses several frustrating challenges ranging from maneuverability to positioning and alignment.

Our engineering team has been hard at work on the development of the first  mobile DR system designed from the ground up with technologist needs in mind and the prototype for  CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution*Mobile X-Ray System is making its debut at RSNA in a special preview area of our booth (#1611).

The live presentation is embedded below:


This system will include all essential tools that rad techs have long been waiting for because it was developed as a direct collaboration with the end-user for their feedback and testing.  For instance, when the x-ray system hits the hallways of hospitals, it will feature a fully automatic collapsible column and even storage space for gloves, sanitizers and paperwork.

The preview of the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution* at RSNA is just one more opportunity for us to listen to radiologists about their portable imaging needs and see if we got it right.

Did you get to see the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution at RSNA?  What did you think?

*Not commercially available

Day 1 RSNA 2011 Recap – The European Perspective

The first day of RSNA is typically heavily attended by the European radiology community and yesterday the 97th annual assembly once again opened to a fantastic international crowd.

Below Ulf Andersson, Director of Marketing, Carestream Europe, shares his thoughts on the European healthcare market and what products are resonating at RSNA.

Michaela Grinstead, lead radiogapher, at The Royal Marsden Foundation, NHS Trust, shares why she travels to Chicago to attend RSNA and insight on the foundation’s new Carestream Vue RIS system.


Did you make it to opening day of RSNA 2011 or follow online? What captured your attention?

Focused Research to Improve Patient Care: Portable Chest Radiographs in the ICU

RSNA Education LogoOur research team continually pushes technology to improve patient care and deliver better clinical outcomes.  At RSNA, our R&D team is featured in four technical paper presentations highlighting notable research projects.  Up first on Sunday morning, Carestream’s Zhimin Huo, Ph.D. presented her paper, Computer-Aided Detection of Malpositioned Endotracheal Tubes in Portable Chest Radiographs for ICU Patients.

Portable chest x-rays are the most commonly ordered procedure in the ICU, used to track patient changes and monitor movements in tube placement.  However, because of differences in exposure, grid usage and patient positioning, portable radiography typically produces images with less quality than exams done in the radiology suite.  With this in mind, advancements in portable DR technology focus on techniques and tools to improve image quality.

Huo’s research, done in collaboration with teams from The Mayo Clinic and the University of Rochester Medical Center, developed CAD technology to aid in identification of the carina in portable chest exams.  This tool made it easier to monitor the location of tubes within the trachea, resulting in better sensitivity and lower false positive detection over traditional techniques.  Use of the tool would allow techs to more quickly identify misplaced tubes and escalate the patient for physician attention, ultimately resulting in better care for critical patients in the ICU.

Have you been attending the technical presentations this year?  What advancements do you think are most important for radiology?

RSNA ‘11 Open for Business: Radiology Showcases Role in Improving Patient Care

Carestream CMO

Norman Yung, Chief Marketing Officer, Carestream Health

Greetings from Chicago as the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America gets underway! 

RSNA represents members in 137 countries and this annual forum dedicated to advancing the radiology profession drew 27,000 professionals last year who came to network, attend educational sessions and examine the latest technologies from nearly 700 companies. 

This year Carestream’s team of experts —from the US and many countries around the world—will host radiology professionals to discuss how innovative technology can lead to better patient care while helping improve operations.

On display are new healthcare IT offerings and advanced features for our medical and dental imaging systems that will exceed customer’s expectations:

  • For the first time anywhere, RSNA attendees can preview and share feedback on the  CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System*: a works-in-progress x-ray system designed from the ground up to meet the needs of technologists captures medical images of seriously ill or injured patients in the ER, ICU and operating suites.
  • Second generation wireless, cassette-size CARESTREAM DRX Detectors display a preview image in less than four seconds to streamline radiology workflow. An optional three-second exposure mode improves medical imaging of larger patients and enhances image quality for healthcare providers with lower power x-ray generators.
  • See the future with a new works-in-progress* service that will empower patients to view their own medical imaging data and share it with their physicians using secure cloud computing data storage and transmission technologies. This service, part of CARESTREAM Vue for Cloud-Based Services, is designed to eliminate the need for patients to carry medical imaging exams to physicians on CDs, DVDs or x-ray film.
  • Carestream’s powerful RIS+PACS platforms can streamline workflow, boost productivity and reduce operating costs.
  • A dental and ENT CT imaging system – the CS 9300 – that captures x-ray images of teeth and sinuses for patients who may need dental implants, oral surgery, orthodontics, and periodontic or endodontic procedures.
  • A versatile digital printer, the DRYVIEW CHROMA Imaging System outputs black-and-white and color x-ray images onto film for diagnosis or paper for use by referring physicians.

 RSNA is a fantastic event and this year is no exception, as the radiology profession again demonstrates how it is playing a leadership role in the transformation of healthcare.

If you are attending RSNA, I invite you to come to our booth (#1611, Hall D in Lakeside Center) for a highly personalized demonstration of how we can help your organization succeed.

 * Not commercially available.

Tips for Using Social Media at RSNA 2011

Christina Thielst, FACHE

Christina Thielst, FACHE

Editor’s Note: We asked  Christina Thielst,  FACHE, to share social media advice for RSNA attendees. Thielst is a healthcare administrator, consultant & author, and was recently named a Top Social Media Voice for the HIT Industry by Health Data Management.

The Radiological Society of North American Annual Meeting opens tomorrow and it is a great time to experience the conference using social media.  Event and exhibit set-up has started in Chicago and conference organizers have established their Twitter hastag, #RSNA11, to help attendees stay up-to-date on news, happenings and daily contests.  Vendors and attendees have begun adding their thoughts and offers and local businesses, such as restaurants, are tweeting specials for RNSA11 attendees.

But, social media isn’t just about receiving information.  It is also about joining in the conversation and networking.  The acts of tweeting information and re-tweeting the tweets of others are just as important.  Attendees should consider contributing to the #RSNA11 conversation by tweeting (up to 140 characters) their thoughts about exhibits and sessions or sharing the pearls of wisdom and new ideas that will come out of the week.  Following the tweets of others who are participating in the meeting also gives you an opportunity to see other perspective or learn important information from sessions that you miss.

I like to use Twitter during conferences to help me keep track of those exceptional thoughts I always seem to have during educational sessions.  In addition, I re-tweet the posts of others that offer value to my life and work.  Once I return home, I just sign on to Twitter and go to my profile to review the bursts of new ideas and resources.

If Twitter isn’t your thing, consider becoming a fan of RSNA’s Facebook Page and keeping up with the news and events on this channel.

So, the time for you to set-up and prepare is now.  To get started, set up your own Twitter account and then visit and follow @RSNA and #RSNA11.  During the conference use the #RSNA11 hastag on each of your posts so they will be picked up by anyone following the #RSNA11 conversation.

You can follow the conversation in a variety of ways:

  • On the hastag site at
  • Search #RSNA11on Twitter
  • set up a dashboard, such as,  Hootsuite or TweetDeck,  on your laptop or other mobile device to monitor multiple social media channels at the same time
  • If you will be using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, consider downloading the Twitter or Facebook app to make following and tweeting easier

The important thing to do now is to get your Facebook Page or Twitter account set up before you leave forChicago, so you are ready to engage in social media next week.  Enjoy tweeting and the conversation with your peers.

–Christina Thielst  is an independent consultant to innovative healthcare organizations who desire effective strategies and solutions to the challenges faced in the shifting healthcare environment.  She has been blogging since 2005 at Christina’s Considerations and is the author of the book Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate (2010) and its companion publications