Radiation dose and breast density legislation are in the news
This week’s articles include: increasing research shows that subspecialty second opinions can be critical to patient care; some researchers are questioning the theory that radiation from diagnostic imaging can increase cancer risk; the legal consequences of EHR vendors selling data; and survey finds many radiologists uncertain about breast density legislation.
A growing body of research indicates that subspecialty second opinions can be critical to patient care. Because of this, experts say that academic radiology departments might want to consider offering formal second opinions as part of their services. Some radiology departments—including The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins University Medical Institution in Baltimore—have already done this. Continue reading →
Welcome to our June “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 May image challenge! The correct answer was — a gumball machine full of gumballs!
Transportable Carestream detector brings chest X-rays directly to worker sites
Exposure to fine dust containing fine particles of sand known as Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) can cause irreversible lung damage in the form of nodules of scar tissue which can take years to develop. Early detection of the condition is essential and a portable X-ray medical imaging device from Carestream allows us to deliver chest X-ray screening directly to workers at their place of work.
Symptoms related to advanced silicosis can include coughing and breathing difficulties. According to the Health and Safety Executive, people who have silicosis and/or have been exposed to RCS also carry a higher risk of developing other medical conditions such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, kidney disease and arthritis. Continue reading →
News from SIIM17; and multi-media reports a missed opportunity
This week’s articles include: AI expected to expand today’s decision-making capabilities for imaging modalities; it’s important to educate patient’s about the role radiologists play in diagnosis; radiology reports need to include multi-media enhanced reporting; radiologists who use chest radiographs to diagnose COPD create false positive results; and a cardiovascular MR scan is a cost-effective way to scan large volumes of patients with a wide range of suspected heart conditions.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will persistently and pervasively enhance all aspects of radiology, enabling precision medicine and potentially even finding disease before it becomes symptomatic, according to Dr. Keith Dreyer who spoke at the SIIM annual meeting. He adds that AI will expand today’s decision-making capabilities for both current and new imaging modalities, leading to greater detection and treatment of disease. Continue reading →
SIIM17 presenters discuss radiology’s role in enterprise imaging and AI, and adding value
Although the titles and topics of #SIIM17 presentations varied, there was a common and clear message: the role of radiologists in imaging informatics is changing. This evolution can range from acquiring different skill sets to taking on entirely new roles including:
adopting a leadership role in enterprise imaging that spans multiple departments;
being more accessible to physicians and more visible to patients;
and taking stewardship of emerging artificial intelligence applications.
Health data limits, medical exam cost comparisons, and ACR
This week’s articles include: lack of access to health data could limit potential of machine learning; radiologists can simplify reports to improve readability; an app equips patients to review prices for more than 300 imaging procedures; ACR forms interdisciplinary organization to guide implementation of AI tools in radiology; and more women join ACR leadership but rates still lag.
Targeted training for radiologists to simplify report readability helps patients better understand radiology reports, according to a study. Radiologists took a one-hour workshop that emphasized writing with simple structure and brevity, using simpler words, phrases and sentence structures. A survey completed by the participants after the workshop showed that all participants believed they could change their writing styles, with 71 percent indicating their communication could be optimized for more effective communication. Continue reading →
Platform is built on flexible Unified Core Architecture for enterprise image management
Our Clinical Collaboration Platform has many features for enterprise imaging including clinical image data acquisition, viewing, sharing and archiving. The platform also delivers a common set of codes and a development process that streamlines resource management, security and interoperability, and manages clinical data such as DICOM, photos, videos, ECGs, continuity of care documents (CCDs) and scanned documents.
At the heart of the platform is our Unified Core that equips customers to mix and match modules within the platform by activating configuration settings that image-enable the EMR, offer a new delivery model using remote care, consolidate archives, and support regional image exchange.
Additionally, the platform’s scalable infrastructure equips healthcare facilities with the ability to add modules and services at an affordable cost as they are needed. Users can add modules on an a la carte basis to a scalable infrastructure instead of installing and supporting separate viewers or archives for activities involved in the management of images and related patient clinical data.
Its Unified Core also offers enhanced security and interoperability with a simplified architecture that complements healthcare providers’ existing IT ecosystems.
The Clinical Collaboration Platform is an enterprise imaging solution that can be implemented onsite or as a cloud-based service. It offers archiving and diagnostic tools for radiology and cardiology; multi-media reporting; administrative tools for remote care and teleradiology; clinician and patient portals; healthcare information exchange; business intelligence; and clinical analytics.
Watch the video to get a behind the scenes look at the Clinical Collaboration Platform. Better yet, see it live at SIIM17! #healthcareIT #medicalimaging
Impact of emerging technologies on radiology makes headlines
This week’s articles include: new audit shows causes of unnecessary CT and MR exams; analytics solutions expected to improve quality of care; photoacoustic imaging could guide breast cancer removal; population health management is the top driver of data analytics; and the debut of the first fully autonomous radiology interpretation system.
Radiologists’ failure to check the validity of requests for CT and MRI scans, along with ignorance among referring doctors of appropriateness criteria for imaging examinations, are the most important reasons for costly inappropriate requests of radiological exams, a new study from Saudi Arabia found. An audit of 674 CT and MRI scans revealed that 25% were inappropriate. Continue reading →
CARESTREAM Touch Prime Ultrasound System delivers high resolution image at good frame rate with minimal artefacts
Note from the editor: “artefacts” is the preferred spelling in Sweden
Ultrasound developments over the last decade have made leaps and bounds in improving the accuracy of diagnoses, particularly in difficult-to-scan conditions. The creation of countless modalities on the backbone of the B-mode image has created a culture where clinicians expect top-quality images, even in suboptimal imaging scenarios.
However, given the complex and intersecting properties of ultrasound, any change must be synchronized with other parameters. For example, the high-quality images achieved today are dependent upon a high density of scan lines that capture an increasing volume of data. Duplex modes, such as color flow (Doppler imaging), increase the quantity of information captured. So it follows that the frame rate – the temporal resolution – must be accelerated to keep pace with the data being captured. Continue reading →
PACS, cyber attacks, and mergers are in the news this week
Articles this week in Diagnostic Reading include: why radiology needs to define image storage guidelines; PACS alerts can boost communication with referrers; health services in the UK are recovering from last Friday’s cyber attack; hospital merger mania continues throughout the country; and registries can have real-time benefits for rads.
The sheer economy of storing images online should make it standard, but a maze of regulation and expensive penalties make it difficult for imaging providers to navigate the issue, according to a JACR article. Failure to maintain imaging up to state and federal standards can result in penalties up to $10,000 and place radiologists at risk of malpractice suits. If a lost or misplaced image results in patient injury, the radiologist personally bears responsibility. Continue reading →