Diagnostic Reading #41: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Developments in breast imaging, and the connection between AI and baseball.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: what machine learning and baseball’s electronic strike zone have in common; how much is too much radiation?; a look at current and future technologies for the diagnosis of breast cancer; app-based consultation services becoming more popular; and radiologists improve case report quality.

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What machine learning in radiology has in common with baseball’s electronic strike zone – Radiology Today

As with the latest advancements in electronic measurement tools for baseball, current computer-aided imaging advances are not sufficiently developed to replace the judgment, creativity, intuition, and intelligence of a reading radiologist. However, machine intelligence capabilities can significantly enhance the quality and timeliness of a radiologist’s output. This article explains how technology’s place in radiology can be illustrated by an example from an unlikely source: baseball. Confused about the meaning of AI and related terms? Read our blog for some clarity.

How much is too much radiation in medical imaging? – Health Imaging

As imaging scans before widely more available and affordable, more Americans are getting more tests than they used to—currently totaling to more than 85 million CT scans each year, according to a recent article published by The Washington Post. But how much is too much radiation? The article states there is no formula for answering that partly because the health effects of radiation don’t add up in a linear way. Read the related blog on Pediatric Diagnostic Reference Levels.

Breast cancer awareness month: current and future technologies for diagnosis – Everything Rad

One of the primary goals of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to increase awareness for screening and the fact that early detection can help save lives. Fortunately, advances are being made in the technologies that can help breast imagers make their diagnoses more efficiently and confidently. These include digital breast tomosynthesis and emerging screening technologies like whole-breast ultrasound, and AI-powered applications. Read the blog to learn more.

Teleconsultation in practice – HIMSS Europe Insights

App-based consultation services are growing in popularity in the UK, with some patients embracing them like ride-hailing apps and mobile banking. But as these subscription services begin to form part of NHS-funded care, they are proving divisive among medical professionals. Some skeptics question doctors’ abilities to properly diagnose their patients over a chat screen or video connection.

Want to improve your case report’s overall quality? Find a radiologist – Radiology Business

Involving a radiologist as a co-author in a case report containing radiological images improves its overall quality, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. It is still unclear how frequently radiologists are mentioned as co-authors of case reports containing images. However, the authors noted, many times without a radiologist, the choice and quality of figures in publications is “often less than optimal.”

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