Diagnostic Reading #17: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

MRI and CT modalities are in the news this weekRadiologist reading image

This week’s articles include: cloud-based cardiac MRI analytics can provide diagnosis in 15 seconds; sharing best practices can reduce CT dose; new Society of Interventional Oncology is created; radiology should work with certified health records; and CMS permits high-risk patients to receive annual low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screening without cost sharing.

Thinking intelligently about heart matters – Radiology Business

Cardiac MRI can answer many clinical questions about the heart and great vessels better than other imaging modalities, including echocardiography, nuclear SPECT, and cardiac CT. However, cardiac MRI is labor intensive. A new cloud-based solution approved by the FDA provides automated, editable ventricle segmentations based on cardiac MRI images. This platform’s analytics can do in 15 seconds a task that takes a radiologist at least 30 minutes. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #16: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Patient portals and outpatient imaging centers are in the newsRadiologist reading image

This week’s articles include: radiologists can play a pivotal role in stroke diagnosis; education of  older patients is key to adoption of patient portals; including informal caregivers in discharge planning can cut readmissions by 25%; outpatient imaging centers are on the rise; and 83% of executives plan to invest in telehealth.

Cardiac findings in stroke: What radiologists need to know – AuntMinnie Europe

Advances in CT and MRI make it feasible to identify subtle cardiac pathologies responsible for strokes that used to remain unnoticed. This puts greater emphasis on the know-how of imaging professionals, according to Spanish researchers who received a prestigious magna cum laude award at ECR 2017. “Radiologists play a pivotal role in stroke diagnosis and management,” noted Dr. Flavio Zuccarino and colleagues from the thoracic radiology section in the department of radiology at Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, Spain. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #15: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Rad salaries and assessments, and population health made headlines

This week’s articles include: radiologists rank 6th on salary survey; assessment tool gauges radiology resident competency; clinicians learn more from structured reports; discussion about whether IT managers or doctors should lead population health programs; and seven top growth models and their impact on physician-hospital partnerships.radiologist reading image

Radiologists rank 6th on Medscape salary survey – Auntminnie

Radiologists ranked sixth on a survey of physician salaries produced by Medscape, with an average annual compensation of $396,000. Orthopedic physicians stood at the top of the list as the highest paid with an annual average salary of $489,000. They were followed by plastic surgeons, urologists, and otolaryngologists. Radiology salaries grew about 5% last year. Only 62% of radiologists felt they were fairly compensated. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #13: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

New this week: big growth for big data; HIT moves patient data to the cloudDiagnostic Reading: Big Data

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: expect growth for big data and analytics; researchers are learning better ways to harness the power of predictive analytics; new vaccine that doesn’t require refrigeration could save children’s lives in developing countries; facial recognition software diagnoses rare diseases; and healthcare organizations move patient data to the cloud.

Big data, analytics to see double digit revenue growth through 2020 – Health Data Management

Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will reach $150.8 billion in 2017, an increase of 12 percent over 2016, according to a report from IDC. And these products and services are expected to maintain a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent through 2020, when revenues will be more than $210 billion, IDC said. Healthcare is among the industries that will experience the fastest growth in spending. Continue reading

Radiology Equipment Selection Begins with Understanding Workflows

9 questions to answer before researching equipment

Radiology equipment selection for imaging rooms is among the most important decisions a hospital or imaging facility will make. Choosing the imaging product best suited to your workflow and imaging needs can help your doctors make quicker diagnoses and give you a faster return on investment. The right diagnostic imaging equipment also can help reduce x-ray exam times and increase patient comfort.

Selecting the wrong product can negatively affect imaging workflow and owner costs. Considering that the average lifespan of digital radiography equipment is 20 years, it is critical to make a well-informed decision.

90% of successful product selection comes from understanding clinical and ergonomic workflows

During my 10 years of advising medical imaging facilities on equipment purchases, I’ve found that some facilities don’t fully understand their imaging needs. Others might understand them, but have not documented their needs well enough to share with the prospective vendor. This makes it hard for the supplier to recommend the most appropriate solution. It also makes it difficult for you to compare products from different vendors. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #12: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Dose reduction and new ultrasound application make headlines

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: new technique uses ultrasound to measure fluid in the lungs; monitoring software that can reduce dose for pediatric patients; a “digital pathologist” can improve cancer detection; variation in imaging utilization impacts practicing radiologists; and a decade of improvements in CT innovation are not reaching patients in some European countries.

Fluid in the lungs being measured by a new technique using ultrasound – Health Imaging

Medical researchers and engineers from North Carolina State University have found a new approach that uses ultrasound to measure fluid levels in the lungs. The noninvasive approach can track progress in treating pulmonary edema, which is common in patients with congestive heart failure.lung filled with fluid Continue reading

Accreditation for Cone Beam Orthopaedic Imaging: Answers to 7 Questions

Providers must be accredited by a CMS-approved organizationCarestream OnSight 3D Extremity System

The process for securing accreditation for Cone Beam CT orthopaedic imaging can be a bit confusing. However, it’s a necessary process. Any facility performing CT scans must obtain accreditation prior to receiving reimbursements from Medicare and many private payers.

The process for securing accreditation is worth it. Adding the capability for in-house cone beam CT exams can have major benefits for orthopaedic practices. It can help speed your workflow, boost your productivity, and support a higher standard of care. It can even help differentiate your practice from the competition.

Read on to learn the simple answers to 7 common accreditation questions. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #10: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

In the news: the chatbot will answer you now; and IR can improve clinical outcomes

This week’s articles include: study shows more follow-up ultrasound exams performed when non-radiologists provide initial interpretation; interventional radiology can help improve clinical outcomes and recovery times; ACA replacement bill contains provisions beneficial to radiologists; AI chatbot can answer interventional radiology questions; and trial takes a different approach to classifying cancer treatment.

More follow-up ultrasounds performed when non-radiologists interpret – Diagnostic Imaging

Follow-up imaging after an initial ED ultrasound is significantly reduced when the ultrasound examination is interpreted by a radiologist rather than a non-radiologist, according to a study published in the JACR. Results showed that of 200,357 ED ultrasound events, 163,569 (81.6%) were interpreted by radiologists and 36,788 (18.4%) by non-radiologists. Across all study years, ED patients undergoing ultrasound examinations interpreted by non-radiologists underwent additional diagnostic imaging studies compared with patients whose examinations had been interpreted by a radiologist.

Interventional radiology can improve clinical outcomes and recovery times – American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) have created downloadable resources to help local interventional radiologists educate hospital executives and radiology group officers about the clinical and economic benefits of starting a full-fledged, in-house IR practice. Clinical IR can help improve clinical outcomes, recovery times and patient satisfaction – key factors in new delivery and payment model reimbursement. Continue reading

Hemodynamic Evaluation and Measurement: Overcoming Limitations for Flow

Study: University Clinic in Regensburg evaluates Carestream Touch Prime Ultrasound System for hemodynamic evaluation and measurement

For hemodynamic evaluation and measurement, conventional Doppler ultrasound can only provide a partial picture. A persistent limitation has been the angle of insonation for Doppler examinations.

Calculating the velocity of a flow relies on knowing the precise angle of the ultrasound beam relative to the direction of flow. In conventional ultrasound systems, the practical insonation angle is limited to around 60°. For greater angles, even small errors in the angle can cause unacceptably large distortions in the results.Image from Touch Prime Ultrasound system

Overcoming this restriction for evaluating flow in vessels requires repositioning the transducer which can be uncomfortable for the sonographer. Additionally, the limitation is not as easy to work around when assessing regions of turbulent blood flow. An example is trying to understand the effects of stenoses in vessels or valves, or when evaluating fistulae.

Overcoming angular restrictions

Smart Flow imaging technology in the CARESTREAM Touch Prime Ultrasound Systems overcomes the angular restrictions. It generates a part of the ultrasound vibration that is effectively at a right angle to the beam. The system then interprets the resulting 2D interference patterns in the received ultrasound signal to present a more complete picture of the flow, representing it with shaded color-coding and arrows. Continue reading

Diagnostic Reading #9: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Topics presented at ECR2017 and HIMSS2017 are in the news

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: how radiology departments can help ensure patient safety; why more radiologists are suffering from burnout and dissatisfaction; patients expect their physicians to be able to easily share their medical data with other providers; a progress report on data mobility and analytics; and why big data must be used in the fight against cancer.

How can radiology departments help ensure patient safety? – AuntMinnieEuropePatient safety

A presentation at ECR 2017 described potential risks from radiology procedures that include a missed abnormality due to technical issues as well as perception and communication errors.  Other errors include the wrong procedure being performed, studies performed on the wrong patient, or on the wrong side of the patient. Radiation exposure has risks including the potential for stochastic effects and tissue reactions. The presenter urged everyone working in radiology areas to act responsibility to ensure optimal patient treatment and outcomes. Continue reading