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Diagnostic Reading #27: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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News from SIIM and mammography reading volumes make headlines.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: a SIIM talk about how NLP improves radiology reporting; top priorities for AI in radiology; imaging increases for low back pain; peak performance in mammography readings; and calculating the ROI of moving from film to digital for medical imaging.

How AI might provide a safety net for patients and providers – Imaging Technology News

Although incidental findings often are not afforded the weight of primary ones, not following up on these incidentals can lead to disaster for the patient and provider. Low-level artificial intelligence (AI) can help, according to a talk at the recent meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The presenter described how AI-fueled natural language processing (NLP) can spot many follow-up recommendations in radiology reports, making the system cost-effective and efficient.

Second research roadmap details priorities for AI in radiology – Health Imaging

A recently published research roadmap details challenges for establishing artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology and outlines top priorities for researchers to consider for introducing AI into current clinical workflows. The report, put out by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, is a companion roadmap to part one (previously published in Radiology). This article provides the four priority areas highlighted in the research roadmap.

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Imaging utilization for low back pain on the rise – Radiology Business

Imaging utilization for low back pain by primary care providers has increased in recent years, according to findings published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The study’s authors noted that the American Association of Family Physicians, North American Spine Society and American College of Radiology (ACR) all recommend limiting imaging for low back pain to instances where there are “progressive symptoms or red flag symptoms concerning for emergent problems.”

How many mammography reads does it take to reach peak performance? – Health Imaging

New research suggests annual reading volumes between 4,000 and 10,000 mammograms may produce the highest performance among screening programs with independent double reading. In addition, cumulative reading volumes of more than 20,000 mammograms resulted in peak radiologic performance, according to results of a study published in Radiology. A related editorial stated that the results must be validated cautiously in single-reader systems.

The ROI of moving from film to digital imaging – Everything Rad

Many facilities still rely on film for medical imaging. In this article, Everything Rad explains how to calculate the ROI of moving from film to digital imaging.

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