Diagnostic Reading #37: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Robots, radiologists, and pediatric DRLs made headlines this week.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: how radiologists can be persuasive and more successful; more information is available on pediatric DRLs; robots can help with Alzheimer’s screening; shorter EHR notes may help physician burnout; and new AI software that decreases the radiation therapy planning process.

How radiologists can unleash the power of persuasion – Radiology Business

Being persuasive can help radiologists find success and get things done, according to a recent commentary in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The authors noted that effective persuasion could increase success in solving problems, communicating new ideas and influencing group decisions.

Pediatric diagnostic reference levels – Everything Rad

The relatively small number of pediatric patients in many institutions has been a challenge for optimization of imaging parameters for children of different sizes. Fortunately, the focus on pediatric DRLs has increased during recent years. Learn more about pediatric DRLs in this blog by a pediatric radiologist and clinical consultant.

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Robot helps with early screening for Alzheimer’s patients – Healthcare in Europe

In this article, researchers investigate how technology can assist doctors in earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. A challenge in studying Alzheimer’s is that the symptoms doctors typically examine and use to diagnosis patients focus on cognitive abilities and neurological functioning. Researchers have found changes in motor skills as well, and their ‘robot’ engages participants’ cognitive learning skills.

Writing shorter notes for EHRs may help prevent physician burnout – Clinical Innovation + Technology

Researchers are encouraging physicians to write shorter notes for electronic health records (EHRs) in order to avoid burnout, according to a recent article published in the American Journal of Medicine. They offered several tips for EHR note taking: doctors should type less and spend less time staring at a screen, prepare notes while with patients and use a scribe when available.

AI software cuts long radiation therapy planning process to just 20 minutes – Radiology Business

A team at the University of Toronto has successfully developed artificial intelligence (AI) that helps automate the radiation therapy planning process, potentially saving radiologists from several days of work on just one patient, according to a recently published study in Medical Physics. To circumvent the lengthy process, the team developed AI software that can mine historical radiation therapy data, which are then applied to an optimization engine that churns out treatment plans.

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