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

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

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

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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.

Teaching radiology to undergraduates: 4 academic fields that would benefit – Radiology Business

Radiologists can make important contributions to the education of college students, which would also benefit both the field of radiology and radiologists themselves, according to a recent article in Academic Radiology. The article’s authors noted that when radiologists teach in classes—such as biology, physics, engineering and computer science/informatics—it gives the students an opportunity to work with role models who have substantial experience in patient care.

What’s next for health information exchanges? – Healthcare IT News

Despite challenges, health information exchanges (HIEs) are growing and establishing sustainable business models. Further, HIEs should become increasingly important as is mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. Also, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT focuses even more on interoperability. Some HIE success stories include serving Medicaid populations and aggregating patient data across hospitals, ambulatory care providers and specialists.

Kids get more CT radiation at nonpediatric hospitals – AuntMinnie.com

Children who had CT scans at nonpediatric hospitals in Arkansas received twice the radiation dose as kids who were scanned at hospitals with a dedicated pediatric trauma center using optimized scanning protocols, according to a study recently published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The researchers see the findings as an indication that there’s room for improvement at nonpediatric hospitals, and offer suggestions for doing so.

Consolidation and change: the current state of outpatient imaging – Radiology Business

Today’s outpatient imaging industry finds itself under significant pressure, due to ever-present reimbursement concerns, a lack of available capital and increased competition caused by over expansion. Over the last few years the industry response was consolidation. Although large outpatient providers are adapting, some question whether smaller businesses can survive the regulatory requirements and industry competition.

Blog of the week: What is the FDA approval process for medical devices? – Everything Rad

Carestream Health explains the FDA’s classifications and approval process for medical devices. The FDA’s process and strict standards for safety and efficacy of these devices helps healthcare providers enhance care while protecting patients from medical devices that might be harmful.

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