Radiology Trends 2017: What’s in Store for Diagnostic Imaging?

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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

See Carestream’s Innovative Imaging & Health IT Solutions from RSNA16

Watch this RSNA16 booth tour to see our broad portfolio of products!

RSNA16 was a dynamic event, brimming with new advancements in radiology. It’s tough to absorb all the innovation and information while you’re at the show. Here’s your chance to get a first – or second! – look at all the products we displayed at RSNA16.

Some of the highlights from our growing portfolio of diagnostic imaging products included:

  • OnSight 3D Extremity System that earned both the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation and AuntMinnie’s “Best New Radiology Device”for 2016. This compact cone beam CT system offers high-quality, lower-dose 3D imaging technology for capturing weight-bearing and other types of patient extremity images.
  • CARESTREAM DRX Plus detectors that are faster and lighter than previous models, and DRX Core detectors designed to make reliable, high-quality digital X-ray imaging affordable for healthcare providers of all sizes.
  • CARESTREAM DRX-Excel and DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy systems that perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a patient’s radiography image, and
  • Carestream’s Touch Prime family of ultrasound systems that allow sonographers and clinicians to gain better visualization of small structures as well as contrast differences in tissue for radiology, OB/GYN, musculoskeletal and vascular applications.

Our healthcare IT portfolio was also in the spotlight. It includes a Unified Core architecture for our Clinical Collaboration Platform that enhances security as well as interoperability, and complements healthcare providers’ existing IT systems. This architecture delivers clinical image data acquisition, viewing, sharing and archiving, and allows healthcare facilities to add features as needed. Physicians can access our Vue Motion universal viewer to easily view and share patient medical images and reports using mobile devices.

Watch all our videos from RSNA16 on our YouTube channel!

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Diagnostic Reading #49: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Improving radiology reports and leveraging IT to improve efficiency are in the news

Diagnostic Reading summary includes: benefits of actionable reports; how to leverage IT resources to improve efficiency and quality; four strategies to improve radiology reports; healthcare providers experience challenges in transitioning to value-based care; and Asia is poised to replace Europe as second largest healthcare market by 2025.

RSNA 2016: Actionable reports can save money, patient anxiety – Radiology Businessmoney in a wastebasket

According to the Institute of Medicine, between $800 billion and $1 trillion is wasted by the U.S. healthcare system every year. And imaging plays a role in this costly cycle. Unactionable language in a radiology report can create unneeded exams—and radiology reports often contain vague wording. Aggregating usable data, clinical history, and relevant documents into a report can aid the referring physician in reaching a conclusion and delivers the best value to patients. Using standardized language and pre-populated text is important.

RSNA 2016: How to improve quality by leveraging your IT department – Radiology Business

A medical director of enterprise imaging urged increased use of IT resources to improve efficiency and quality. He tapped the IT staff to extract all relevant information about a patient from the EMR and automatically give it to radiologists as they place orders. He also eliminated the need for technologists to enter imaging protocols into equipment before each exam. The IT staff also implemented a system that allows radiologists to send short message services or text messages to other physicians—and when those messages are ignored, an alarm goes off until they are acknowledged.   Continue reading

Reno Diagnostic Centers Increase Efficiency in Radiology


Centers consolidate workstations with Carestream Vue RIS and Vue PACS

Imaging technology applications have the potential to provide many benefits – including increased efficiency. With this goal in mind, Reno Diagnostic Centers of Reno Nevada implemented Carestream’s Vue RIS and Vue PACS to help streamline workflow in radiology.

“We recognized the opportunity to use technology to our advantage to increase the efficiency of the entire operation with a primary focus on making the radiologist as efficient as possible,” said Ron Milbank, Director of IT at Reno Diagnostic Centers.

The pair of outpatient imaging centers does about 75,000 exams a year across all modalities. By implementing Carestream’s RIS and PACS solutions, they were able to eliminate multiple, disparate workstations including mammography and PET-CT fusion workstations as well as regular RAD workstations.

“When you add up the cost of those stations, plus the support contracts that go along with them, the training curve for the radiologists to learn all that software, and the opportunity to lose all those stations – there’s a big benefit to consolidation,” said Milbank.

The goal for 2017? More efficiency in radiology and continued high levels of patient care.

“We continue to look for ways to have the rads interact with the software as little as possible to accomplish their job at a complexity and quality level that exceeds the competitors, and is way above the minimum standard,” emphasized Milbank.

Hear more about Reno Diagnostic Centers in this video interview. #HCIS

Aunt Minnie Names OnSight 3D Extremity System ‘Best New Radiology Device’

Customer Input Drives Carestream’s Engineering Innovation

Carestream was proud to receive the Aunt Minnie award for Best New Radiology Device at RSNA16 in Chicago. The prestigious award was given to Carestream for our innovative OnSight 3D Extremity System that brings a new modality and clinical value to the orthopaedic market.

Andrew Hartmann, Carestream’s Vice President and General Manager for ultrasound and cone beam CT; and Jim Burns, Chief Technology Officer, X-ray Solutions at Carestream, sat down at RSNA16 to talk about what drives the company’s product innovation. The dominant themes: customer input and innovation.

Carestream spends considerable time interacting with customers to design and refine its products. Customers at RSNA commented on different features in the product that they had proposed during the design process.

Similarly, about 100 sonographers, physicians, radiologists, radiology administrators, and sonography students from throughout the world touched, prodded, and gave feedback on Carestream’s Touch Prime Ultrasound product throughout its development.

A second theme in the conversation was innovation. 3D cone beam is a new modality and Carestream is making it available to a new market segment: orthopaedic offices. By doing so, Carestream is broadening the possibilities for clinical collaboration and changing the clinical workflow. By moving the modality closer to the patient, it paves the way for an improved patient experience. CBCT imaging provides more information to the surgeon over 2D X-ray with the added convenience of potentially fewer office visits for the patient.

Customer input and smart engineering innovation: it’s an award-winning combination. Listen to the full conversation between Jim Burns and Andrew Hartmann.

Healthcare Providers Can Create 3D Anatomical Models from Radiology Images

Carestream Health integrates Materialise service that produces 3D anatomical models for medical applications

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is an actual physical anatomical model worth?

For some healthcare providers, the ability to see and touch a 3D visualization of pathology or a model of an organ prior to surgery could be priceless. That’s why Carestream is collaborating with Materialise NV to provide healthcare providers with a Web-based printing service to create 3D anatomical models.

AnatomyPrint ge3d anatomical modelnerates 3D anatomical models from STL files that originate with data in Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform. Materialise can use the files to generate detailed 3D printed models for healthcare providers.

“Our printing service enables healthcare providers to quickly and effortlessly send imaging data to our company, which is a premier supplier of 3D models used in medical applications,” said Brigitte de Vet, Vice President of Materialise Medical Unit. “This technology can help a clinician visualize the anatomy in 3D, which can assist in providing improved patient outcomes.” Continue reading

Structured Reports in Radiology

Reports can help facilitate the prevention of serious or disabling diseases; an interview with Dr. Luis Martí-Bonmatí of the Royal Academy of MedicineRadiology structured report

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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

RSNA 2016 Program Highlights: Scientific Sessions to Attend

Carestream university hospital research partners presenting at RSNA16

More than 1,700 scientific papers will be presented by esteemed medical imaging researchers at the 2016 meeting of the RSNA. In addition, more than 400 educational courses are being offered. The Image of calendar pagescientific talks and educational courses run concurrently on subject areas representing each of the clinical specialties, imaging informatics, physics, and healthcare policy.

In parallel with the oral presentations, the Lakeside Learning Center will host the poster sessions and case of the day exhibits. Posters and exhibits can be reviewed independently, or alternatively, discussed with the authors during specifically designated days and times. Conveniently, there are extended hours for viewing posters and exhibits, so there is ample opportunity each day before and after the close of the trade show floor to take these in.

Included in the 1,700 plus scientific presentations will be several talks delivered by Carestream’s university hospital research partners. These presentations will highlight Carestream’s clinical research initiatives in the areas of cone beam computed tomography and digital tomosynthesis. These are applications that utilize high performance flat panel digital radiography detector technologies. Each of these talks is embedded within a 1.5 hour duration scientific session. Each session is comprised of a variety of presentations on related clinical performance or imaging physics topics.

In addition, the Deputy Director of Information Technology and Communications of the Andalusian Health Service will give a presentation on how they are using Carestream’s software to share images and information throughout their public healthcare system that serves more than 8,500,000 inhabitants.

Plenary sessions are especially worthwhile

Perhaps the most visionary and thought-provoking talks however, are those presented each year by luminary radiology leaders during the plenary sessions. The official kickoff of the RSNA meeting program is the President’s Opening Session on Sunday morning at 8:30 in the Arie Crown Theater. The opening session sets the stage for the theme of the RSNA meeting. This year, the opening session will feature talks by the president of the RSNA (Dr. Richard Baron) with an address on the digital revolution in radiology. He will be followed by Dr. Keith Dreyer who will speak on machine intelligence in radiology. The opening session concludes with a talk by Dr. Robert M. Wachter on lessons learned for radiology as medicine enters the digital age. For those who are unable to attend the opening session, the good news is that an inspiring plenary session will be given each day throughout the week at RSNA.

Plan ahead for a successful conference

With so many interesting scientific papers being presented, it is important to prepare a schedule in advance, in particular as the talks might be spaced across different pavilions and require travel time. I’m in the process of building my own schedule of talks to attend. In addition to the plenary sessions and sessions containing the presentations by Carestream research collaborators, I’ve identified a few talks (listed below) that I won’t want to miss.

The complete list of RSNA16 plenary sessions, scientific papers, and posters can be accessed via the RSNA program website, including more information about the papers being presented by researchers from leading universities in collaboration with Carestream.

Sunday

Science Session with Keynote: Musculoskeletal (Metabolic and Systemic Processes: Effects on the Musculoskeletal System and Beyond); Anne Cotton,MD; Leon Lenchik, MD; and Musculoskeletal Keynote Speaker: Metabolic and Systemic Disease Targets in the Musculoskeletal System: Imaging Considerations; Martin Torriania, MD;   10:45 – 12:15 Room/SSA14/ S406A

Science Session with Keynote: Breast Imaging (Multimodality Screening); Rachel F. Brem, MD, and Maxine S. Jochelson, MD; and Breast Imaging Keynote Speaker; Multimodality Screening Part 1, Rachel F. Brem, MD; 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m./SSA01/Arie Crown Theater

Monday

Science Session with Keynote: Chest (Nodule/Radiomics); Jo-Anne O. Shepard, MD; Christian J. Herold, MD; and Chest Keynote Speaker: Fleischner Society Nodule Guidelines Update, Heber MacMahon, MD; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m./SSC03/S404CD

Wednesday

Science Session with Keynote: Pediatrics (Interventional Radiology); John M. Racadio, MD; C. Matthew Hawkins, MD; and Pediatrics Keynote Speaker: Central Venous Access in Pediatric Patients, David J. Lord, MD; 3-4 p.m./SSM19/S102AB

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David-H.-Foos_CarestreamHealth_headshot_BWDavid H. Foos is Chief Technology Officer at Carestream Health and is Director of Research and Innovation. Mr. Foos holds a M.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has 34 granted patents and 17 peer reviewed journal publications.

Will Radiologists Be Replaced by Computers? Debunking the Hype of AI

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.

robots can't replace radiologists

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.

Ezekiel Emanuel, principal “architect” of the Affordable Care Act, has gone so far as to suggest that radiologists might be replaced by computers in the next four to five years.  He made his comments about artificial intelligence in healthcare in his keynote address at the ACR this spring. He repeated the comments in recent articles in the New England Journal of Medicine “Predicting the Future – Big Data, Machine Learning, and Clinical Medicine”, and in the Journal of the American College of Radiology “The End of Radiology?  Three Threats to the Future Practice of Radiology”.

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.

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