Balancing patient populations with changes in procedures and equipment
Radiology room requirements are a paradox. Imaging rooms require solid construction to support 1,000 pound overhead tube cranes as well as lead linings to contain x-ray scatter. Yet they must be somewhat fluid to accommodate advances in imaging technology and new procedures that have a host of associated equipment.
Winthrop University Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center that offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Located in Mineola, NY, we offer a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services.
To meet our population’s imaging needs, we have two fluoroscopy rooms, a general imaging room, and two imaging rooms for our emergency department. In addition, we have a CT, MRI, and ultrasound system. Continue reading →
Improving access and precision, and decreasing costs along the care pathway
What lies ahead for the future of medical imaging? In 2017, Carestream is pushing the boundaries of engineering innovation in radiology in four important areas:
Accelerating processing speed
Expanding the parameters of 3D and 4D
Capturing images at the right place at the right time
Accelerating processing speed of diagnostic images
Processing speed is essential to creating high-quality diagnostic images. That’s why we are constantly improving the way we reconstruct volumetric data across our entire portfolio of products. For example, we are incorporating graphical processing units (GPUs) like those used in gaming software to provide more and faster processing power where it’s needed. GPUs can quickly compute functions and algorithms, reconstructing images in less than six minutes.
In contrast, CPUs can take 20 to 30 minutes to render the same image. Faster processing not only creates better images; it speeds up workflow. And when imaging centers can increase throughput, they get a faster return on their investment.
Our advanced imaging science also shapes our DRX Detectors. We’re excited about continuing to push faster frame rates for our detectors.
Expanding the parameters of 3D and 4D
The application of 3D and 4D technologies have the potential to create better images for improved diagnostics in radiology. Continue reading →
Health IT systems shift from record keeping to access that enables clinical collaboration
Until the middle of the last decade, the primary goal of the EMR/EHR was actually to capture information, not to provide access to it – impeding clinical collaboration. It was a reference for doctors—a way to capture patient notes. It has since evolved from an archival role to an active collaborative role, providing access to reports, records, and images for all stakeholders involved in patient care.
Availability of a useful, problem-focused medical record
The idea for a comprehensive, organized medical record was pioneered by Dr. Larry Weed in 1956, but it didn’t become well accepted in the U.S. until after 1968. Dr. Weed—known as the father of the Problem-Oriented Medical Record (PMD)—described the concept in his often cited NEJM articles.
What can radiologists and others in the health imaging profession expect for 2017?
Hot radiology trends and topics in 2017 will reflect many of the discussions we overheard in the hallways at RSNA 2016. Technology will continue its race forward in artificial intelligence, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing. Some of these technologies are impacting radiology now. Others have gained a foothold in the medical profession and might trickle into diagnostic imaging.
“This is the most interesting time in the history of healthcare and medicine,” Zen Chu said in an interview with Medical Marketing and Media. Chu is Medical Director of Accelerated Medical Ventures and senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “We’ve got so many new technologies and redesigned experiences impacting both the value we deliver as well as the value patients are getting from healthcare.” Continue reading →
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 →
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.Continue reading →
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 described 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.
Growing portfolio supports diverse healthcare facilities
Carestream transformed diagnostic imaging with the launch of our first wireless detector. The innovation continues today with our expanded detector portfolio that includes our DRX Plus and DRX Core detectors.
CARESTREAM DRX Plus detectors in 35 x 43 cm and 43 x 43 cm sizes offer a choice of gadolinium (GOS) or higher-resolution cesium (CsI). These detectors are available in the United States and Canada as well as many countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Carestream also offers a small-format DRX 2530C cesium detector designed for use with pediatric and NICU patients as well as for tabletop imaging.
DRX Plus detectors offer rapid image capture to help users achieve a streamlined workflow and deliver excellent DQE (detective quantum efficiency) to enhance image quality and lower dose. In addition, DRX Plus detectors have an IPX Level 57 rating for liquid resistance to the IEC standard 60529. A reduced weight and thinner profile allow even easier handling for radiology imaging.
DRX Core detectors serve diverse imaging facilities
Our DRX Core detectors are designed to make high-quality DR imaging affordable for smaller imaging centers and hospitals, as well as urgent care facilities, specialty clinics, and mobile imaging service providers. The DRX Core portfolio includes wireless gadolinium and cesium detectors in 35 x 43 cm and 43 x 43 cm sizes—as well as fixed 43 x 43 cm detectors with both scintillators.
DRX Core detectors deliver a preview image in three seconds and full-resolution display in 12 seconds. They use the same battery as DRX Plus and DRX-1 detectors and can be used with Carestream’s DIRECTVIEW software or Image Suite software.
Want to learn more? See the video below and visit our website to see our full line of detectors and other innovative solutions for radiology imaging.
Sarah Verna is a Worldwide Marketing Manager at Carestream.
5 reasons why the future of radiologists is secure
There has been quite a bit of “trash talk” about radiologists being replaced by computers in both thepopular press and in the medical journals lately. Experts in artificial intelligence and machine learning such as Andrew Ng at Stanford have suggested that radiologists might be easier to replace than their executive assistants.
A well-funded startup’s CEO recently suggested that he would love to replace the “wasted protoplasm” that represents the radiology profession with a machine learning system.
As a result of all the unfounded hype, I’ve been getting letters from trainees and colleagues. They are concerned about the potential threat of ‘automated radiologists’ and ask whether they should drop out of radiology or avoid it as a career.