Diagnostic Reading #38: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Radiologist ethics training, equipment finance, and NHS Digital Academy are in the news

Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph

Diagnostic Reading keeps you up to date on current news

This week’s articles include: the recently launched NHS Digital Academy might be a key step in establishing informatics as a profession; radiologists and medical ethics training; a Canadian task force recommends AAA ultrasound screenings for men; equipment financing might help providers invest in new technology; and radiology residents improve skills after studying art.

NHS Digital Academy officially launched  – Digital Health

The recently launched National Health Service (NHS) Digital Academy is designed to create a change in the way the NHS develops digital leaders. It is also described as marking a key step in establishing informatics as a profession. NHS is the public health service of England, Scotland and Wales. Starting in 2018, the NHS Digital Academy aims to train 300 digital leaders over three years. 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

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

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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

(Lea la versión en español del blog.)

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

Diagnostic Reading #33: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Making headlines: patient portals and radiologists have a role in patient centered care

Picture of patient holding a wireless detector on his knee

Diagnostic Reading summarizes the week’s top news in health IT and radiology.

This week’s articles include: the importance of patient engagement and successful use of online tools; predicting no shows in radiology; radiologists and their part in effective physician-patient communication; what it takes to succeed in cybersecurity; and radiologists’ important role in a new Alzheimer’s treatment study.

What functionalities should patient portal tools have to succeed?  – HIT Consultant.net

Although most hospitals experience dismal usage of patient portals—due to lack of both EHR interoperability and patient-desired features—the growth of other engagement solutions such as remote patient monitoring has transformed healthcare for many people. Patient engagement, once considered a lower priority in healthcare IT, is increasing in importance. Consequently, our population’s comfort with online tools will likely increase patient portal usage more once robust features/functionalities, easy usability, and effective promotion become the norm. Continue reading

Aplicaciones Informáticas Clínicas en Radiología

Read the English version of this blog.

Kori Stewart, University of Hartford

La evolución e integración de las plataformas y aplicaciones de informática clínica en los departamentos de radiología están ocurriendo más rápido de lo que creemos. Es imprescindible que los técnicos de radiología entiendan completamente el impacto y la importancia de las nuevas tecnologías de información de salud que se están utilizando en la imagenología médica con el fin de proporcionar atención de calidad centrada en el paciente y tener una mayor visión del futuro del cuidado de la salud.

La imagen digital, junto con los registros de salud electrónicos (EHR por sus siglas en ingles), ha estado a la vanguardia durante algún tiempo. Además, el papel de la informática de imagen en los departamentos de radiología ha demostrado ser beneficioso en el cuidado del paciente. Los técnicos radiológicos utilizan equipos muy técnicos para producir imágenes médicas y plataformas y / o aplicaciones de informática clínica para servir y cuidar a los pacientes. La adopción de la tecnología de RT sigue aumentando su relevancia en el sistema de salud.

La imagenología médica y los técnicos radiológicos siguen
siendo los primeros en cambiar el paradigma de la asistencia sanitaria

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Diagnostic Reading #32: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news this week: articles for radiologists new to the profession as well as seasoned HIT professionals

Picture of radiographer dictating while reading a radiograph

This week’s articles include: radiation is not the only risk for pediatric patients; AI learns to predict schizophrenia from MRI brain scan; role of healthcare data governance in big data analytics; tips on how to select the right EHR replacement vendor and system; and Radiology Nation provides tools for radiologists in training.

Radiation not the only risk to consider when imaging pediatric patients – Radiology Business

When managing the care of pediatric patients, both referring physicians and radiologists know it’s important to consider the risks associated with radiation exposure. But according to a recent article in JACR, focusing too much on those risks and not considering other key factors can end up potentially harming the patient.

AI ‘learns’ to predict schizophrenia from brain MRI – Radiology Business

A collaborative effort between IBM and the University of Alberta in Canada has produced artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that are able to examine MRI exams and predict schizophrenia with 74 percent accuracy. The retrospective analysis also showed the technology was able to determine the severity of symptoms by examining activity in various regions of the brain. Continue reading