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

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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

A Guide to Mobile Chest X-rays for Thoracic and Cardiac Care

Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital Shares their “O to U Approach” for capturing high quality diagnostic AP images

Diane Evans, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mobile chest X-rays performed in the antero-posterior (AP) projection has always been considered an inferior examination to the more standard posterior-aneterior (PA) projection. However, for critically ill patients, at times an AP image is the only option.

By applying a structured technique – our O to U Approach – and with the aid of our four CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray machines, we are able to achieve an optimum mobile chest image. Continue reading

Guess the X-ray: December’s Image Challenge

Can you guess the image in the X-ray?

Happy December! It is time to put your thinking caps on for December’s “Guess the X-ray” Image Challenge! No one correctly guessed the November image: it was … Batman! More specifically, a Batman action figure with flexed elbow!

We welcome radiologists, technicians, 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. We’ll share the answer at the end of the month.

December Image Challenge

Have fun and happy guessing!

Diagnostic Reading #42: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Articles include: Dubai hospitals implement 3D printing before surgery; high-tech tracking system helps verify desired patient care activities; social media may be used to obtain patient feedback; docs vastly outperform computer algorithms in diagnostic accuracy; and a visual dashboard brings together key clinical data in ICUs.

Dubai hospitals to implement 3D printing before surgery – AuntMinnie

Soon all Dubai Health Authority hospitals in the United Arab Emirates will be able to print artificial limbs, denture molds, fracture casts, and organ models to simulate surgery before the actual procedure. The new initiative is expected to speed medical procedures, save costs, and help doctors pMedical team performing surgerylan complicated surgeries. Also 3D printing will help in providing accuracy in medical education.

Tracking technology serves many purposes in new facility – Health Data Management

A new hospital installed a high-tech tracking system that uses tags attached to clinicians and patients to monitor activity and verify that required actions are being taken. For example, if a patient is not seen by a nurse within a specific time threshold a TV screen at the nurse station notes the time lapse and the appropriate nurse is alerted. Tags on patients let personnel know where they are at all times and let family and friends track the progress of a patient in surgery via a screen in waiting rooms. This system also assists in patient flow, admission and transfer-referral procedures, as well as tracking patients who left without being seen and ED diversions. Continue reading

Study: Pediatric Fracture Detection

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 Lynn La Pietra, PhD, Carestream Health

As a research scientist at Carestream Health, my recent work has focused on pediatric X-ray imaging – specifically, on the goal of achieving high-quality diagnostic images while minimizing dose. To explore potential solutions to this challenge, I initiated a study in collaboration with Samuel Richard, PhD, a fellow researcher at Carestream, and Sosamma T. Methratta, MD, of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. The study had two specific goals: 1) Determine the impact of a simulated reduced dose rendering on the detection of skeletal fractures in children, and 2) Evaluate the effect of enhanced skeletal processing on the same detection task. The methodology and results of this study were on display at RSNA 2015.

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Study: Dual-Energy Imaging and Digital Tomosynthesis for Radiographic Thoracic Imaging

Innovative X-ray-based imaging technologies for rapid and accurate diagnosis of thoracic disease in critically ill patients

Shailaja Sajja, MS, Toronto General Hospital

My most recent research at Toronto General Hospital explored the value of dual-energy (DE) imaging and digital tomosynthesis (DT) as solutions to the limitations of conventional radiographic thoracic imaging (chest radiography). Both DE and DT have been around for a few decades, but  recent advancements in digital detectors have made this technology increasingly promising in clinical use.

To this end, I conducted a study in collaboration with Ali Ursani, BEng, Fatima Ursani and Narinder Paul, MD, from Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Paul, who is the Site Chief, Toronto General Hospital – Joint Department of Medical Imaging, was the principal investigator in the study. In addition, four imaging experts from Carestream Health – Samuel Richard, PhD, Xiaohui Wang, PhD, Nathan Packard, PhD, and Levon Vogelsang PhD – were key participants. Additional support for patient recruitment consisted of the research coordinator and the team of technologists trained on the system with DE and DT functionalities.

Among the study’s many objectives were these:

  • Understand the gap between the performance of state-of-the-art chest radiograph (CXR) and computed tomography and the current needs of imaging facilities and patients.
  • Explore the concepts of dual-energy  imaging and digital tomosynthesis  as viable solutions to address these needs.
  • Examine the potential benefits that might be offered by a combined DE and DT system.Carestream DE and DT imaging

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Defining Innovation in Medical Imaging

Measuring the Impact of New Technology

“Innovation” is a desirable goal in healthcare. Many imaging providers seek news ways and breakthrough Carestream-Health-Award-Logotechnologies to improve patient care. But how do you measure innovation? How do you determine which new solutions to invest in? According to Frost & Sullivan, new technology investments “must have a positive and demonstrable impact on the cost efficiency, the quality and the outcome of imaging enterprises’ service lines.”

To help providers with their decision making, Frost & Sullivan evaluates and benchmarks products on their attributes and their impact on operations. Recently, Frost & Sullivan put our DR, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CBCT and healthIT imaging informatics products through its rigorous evaluation and selected Carestream as the winner of the 2016 North American Medical Imaging New Product Innovation Leadership Award. The award is yet another proof point that our products help enhance the value, profitability and marketability of the radiology profession.

You can click the image below to learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s 10-step process for evaluating candidates for the award, and the reasons they chose Carestream as the winner.

Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System received FDA 510(k) clearance in September 2016.

Guess the X-ray – December’s Image Challenge

To end 2015 on a high note we’re offering up another round of our radiology image contest, and in the holiday spirit we’re including 2 images this time!

We welcome radiologists, technologists, RAs, MDs, PAs – or anyone who thinks they’re up to the challenge – to guess either subject in this educational X-ray quiz. Please leave your answer in the comment section below.

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Sorry Carestream employees – please sit this one out.

Guess The X-Ray – September’s Image Challenge

Happy September everybody! Time for a new Image Challenge. Last month we had a clock radio, and we think we have another good image for September.

This month’s image is below; please leave your guesses below or on our Facebook page. The challenge will run until September 30, or until the first person correctly names the image. Good luck!

 

Sorry… Carestream employees and their agencies are prohibited from entering.

September Image Challenge

Guess The X-Ray- August’s Image Challenge

Happy August everyone! Time for a new image challenge.

Last month’s flashlight image was pretty easy, and we think that this month’s image will be a little tougher. The image for August is below. Please enter your guesses in the comments below or on our Facebook page. The challenge will run until August 31, or until the first person enters the right answer. Good luck!

As always, Carestream employees and their agencies are prohibited from entering.

 

August Image Challenge