Diagnostic Reading #30: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology
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AHRA 2019 and AI in chest X-rays are in Diagnostic Reading this week.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: AI that helps identify long-term mortality risk; key findings from ED imaging utilization research; brain imaging’s role in understanding suicide; AHRA 2019 keynote speaker inspired radiology administrators; and how to improve cleanliness at radiology workstations.
AI reveals prognostic information in chest X-rays – AuntMinnie
An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can identify patients who are at higher risk of long-term mortality by analyzing their chest radiographs, potentially enabling early prevention and lifestyle interventions, according to recently published research in JAMA Network Open. The lead researcher stated that this new way to extract prognostic information from everyday diagnostic tests is information that’s already there but isn’t being used, and could improve people’s health. Read the related blog on Improving the Quality of Mobile Chest X-rays.
4 key takeaways from a new study on imaging utilization in the ED – Radiology Business
Patients in the United States are visiting hospital emergency departments more and more, which significantly impacts imaging utilization. The authors of a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology analyzed this topic in great detail. This article spotlights four key takeaways from their research.
Brain imaging’s important role in understanding suicide – Health Imaging
Most brain imaging research has been conducted in patients older than 21 years old. Adolescents—who are especially vulnerable to suicide—remain somewhat of a mystery. Thanks to such technologies as fMRI, researchers now know disorders like depression and anxiety are often a result of malfunctioning biology. A recent article in the Post and Courier discusses teenage suicide, the rising suicide rate and how brain imaging is beginning to help scientists identify why these deaths occur and ultimately how to address them.
Imagine that you decide to pick up a sport and have just four years to make it to the Olympics. That is what AHRA 2019 Keynote Speaker, Vince Poscente, asked of radiology administrators in Denver, CO. Seems farfetched, right? Well that’s exactly what Poscente did, as he went from recreational skier to Olympian speed skier in just a few short years. Poscente learned many life lessons in his journey that are applicable to a multitude of challenges, including managing imaging and medical centers.
How to improve workstation cleanliness among radiologists – Radiology Business
Providing plenty of supplies and emphasizing the importance of workstation hygiene can lead to much cleaner reading rooms, according to a case study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The authors observed that “healthcare-associated pathogens” are often spread to patients due to unclean workplace surfaces, but radiology departments don’t always focus on cleanliness as much as they should.
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