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Diagnostic Reading #35: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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In the news: experts pitch cloud for cyber security; patient receives 3D printed skull bone.

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.

The rise of digital breast tomosynthesis – Radiology Business

A new law in Texas requires all commercial insurance providers in the state to cover the cost of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT, or 3D mammography) for all patients. Several other states already have similar legislation or are considering bills that would require DBT coverage. The American College of Radiology estimates that as of May, about 30 percent of mammography units installed in U.S. hospitals and imaging facilities were 3D, up significantly from a few years ago. Research that focuses on the benefits of DBT continues to surface—with advantages such as cost savings, increased cancer detection rates, and lower recall rates.

Experts pitch cloud for cyber security – Healthcare IT News

The pace of high-profile cyber hacks shows no sign of slowing. Experts are encouraging organizations of all types to consider the potential benefits of moving their systems to the cloud. According to an article on, cloud computing improves IT security with faster response time to threats and focus on business risk. Recent research found that the average cost of a single ransomware incident can cost a company more than $713,000.

Profile of radiology in 2017 – Diagnostic Imaging

The 2017 American College of Radiology Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey revealed various developments about the radiology profession, including hiring trends for the coming year. In 2017, researchers expect to see a 14.1 percent increase in hiring from 2016. Other survey areas include women in radiology, age and retirement, and subspecialties.

3D printed skull bone placed in man’s head – USA Today Network

A decade ago, the idea of creating parts of the human body through 3D printing was ‘science fiction.’ But in March, a physician successfully inserted a 3D-printed skull implant into a patient during a four-hour surgery. Dr. Gaurav Gupta, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, turned to 3D printing as the best solution to replace the missing skull bone. 3D has become increasingly popular in producing medical devices because of its precision and accuracy.

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