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.

AnatomyPrint ge3d anatomical modelnerates 3D anatomical models from STL files that originate with data in Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform. Materialise can use the files to generate detailed 3D printed models for healthcare providers.

“Our printing service enables healthcare providers to quickly and effortlessly send imaging data to our company, which is a premier supplier of 3D models used in medical applications,” said Brigitte de Vet, Vice President of Materialise Medical Unit. “This technology can help a clinician visualize the anatomy in 3D, which can assist in providing improved patient outcomes.” 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.

Sunday

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

Monday

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

Wednesday

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.

Ultrasound Touch Panel: Your Customizable Ultrasound Machine

Innovation is easier when you start with a clean slate

Sometimes great ideas, like Carestream’s customizable ultrasound touch panel, need to wait for a confluence of factors to impel their implementation. German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer Touch Ultrasounddescribed this path to product design—a great idea is at first ridiculed, then violently opposed and finally, accepted as obvious1. Certainly many innovations followed this path. Mary Anderson, an American rancher and real estate developer, was turned away for her 1902 invention, the windshield wiper, though Cadillac adopted it after the patent expired.

Carestream was able to design our Touch Prime Ultrasound from a clean slate—no pre-existing technology kept us from producing it. Its all-touch panel lets each sonographer enjoy a customized ultrasound machine.

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Presidential Election and the Affordable Care Act

What is the possible impact on radiology and health imaging?

The recent presidential election in the United States and the win by Donald Trump is raising Radiology image of skull; Affordable Care Actquestions about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Members of the health imaging profession also have questions about whether the election will have any impact on radiologists and radiology practices.

Following is a roundup of recent articles published this week on the topic of healthcare legislation and the Donald Trump presidency.

What does the 2016 election mean for radiology?Aunt Minnie

Day One and Beyond: What Trump’s Election Means for the ACAHealth Affairs Blog

What C-suite execs expect to happen in healthcare when Trump takes over as President Healthcare IT News

The 2016 Election: 12 Questions Every Executive Should Be Asking – The Advisory Board/HealthCare Advisory Board

What is the Future of Digital Health Under Trump’s Administration? – HIT Consultant

A Sense of Whiplash About the Affordable Care Act – The New York Times

Carestream Health is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the information that is disseminated at these external web links.

Diagnostic Reading #44: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Diagnostic Reading summary includes rise of 3D printing in radiology; radiation from medical scans might be implicated in Alzheimer’s disease; radiologists benefit from 2017 ruling from CMS; fMRI beats polygraph in detecting lies; and a new intraoperative MRI system is able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy brain tissue and improve accuracy for surgeons removing tumors.

hand on 3D printer

The rise of 3D printing in radiology – Health Data Management

The use of 3D printing technology in radiology is growing. Over the past five years, there has been improvement in radiology technology to acquire suitable images; and printers are faster, more accessible and less expensive. The value of 3D printing is the ability to make a model of a body area before surgery—to hold that body part and talk about it with colleagues before operating on a patient. The printer also can make something for the specific body part, such as a stent for an aorta. Continue reading