Diagnostic Reading #7: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

The value of radiology technologists, and facts and fallacies on artificial intelligence are in the news.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: new AR technology for improved medical images; myths and truths about physicians and AI; Apple may help improve patient access to health data; sources of wasteful imaging in Washington state; and tips for improving pediatric imaging in urgent care facilities.

Canada: New AR system means doctors can see under patients’ skin without using the scalpel – HIMSS Europe Insights

This article spotlights new technology that brings the power of augmented reality (AR) into clinical practice. ‘ProjectDR’ allows medical images—such as CT scans and MRI data—to be displayed directly on a patient’s body in a way that moves as the patient does. The technology includes a motion-tracking system using infrared cameras and markers on the patient’s body, as well as a projector to display the images.

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Fact or fallacy: Could artificial intelligence replace doctors? – Health Tech Magazine

As discussion and debate continue to surround the topic of physicians and the use of artificial intelligence, this article addresses myths and truths. While some say AI will not only support physicians in their work but can ultimately replace them, others argue that judgment, creativity and empathy are necessary components to the practice of medicine. Read the blog on the role of empathy in patient-centered care.

When it comes to medical records, experts see the potential for Apple to succeed where others have failed – Fierce Healthcare

Companies like Microsoft and Google have tried and failed to improve patient access to health data, but some experts say Apple’s attempt could finally do what other consumer tech giants could not. According to a recent op-ed piece for CNBC, a big reason Apple could succeed in its medical records venture is because it is tapping into an open interface and using standardized frameworks for data exchange.

Is it appropriate? 3 sources of wasteful imaging in Washington state – Radiology Business

Over the course of one year, $282 million was spent on wasteful healthcare in Washington state, according to a recent report published by the Washington Health Alliance. Based on the authors’ research, unnecessary imaging services—for eyes, ‘uncomplicated’ headaches and low back pain—made up a significant amount of that total.

Technologists improve image quality from urgent care centers – Aunt Minnie

Radiology departments are facing a challenge from the growing number of urgent care centers sending them X-rays that might not be of optimal diagnostic quality. A department in Texas offers some tips for improving urgent care pediatric imaging in recently published research in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The researchers found that there were subtle—but statistically significant—differences in image quality between urgent care images that were acquired with a registered radiologic technologist (RT) present and those where an attending general physician supervised the process.

Blog of the week: Cone Beam CT overcomes limitations of traditional CT for extremity exams – Everything Rad

An aging population along with a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions and injuries among people of all ages are contributing to an increase in orthopaedic imaging. Although conventional multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) offers important advantages by providing 3D imaging, specialists also need access to high-resolution visualization of anatomy in the presence of metal in weight-bearing positions. Read this reprint of the article that originally appeared in Becker’s Spine Review.

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