Diagnostic Reading #45: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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In the news: cost-benefit analysis of AI applications; radiographer vacancy rates on the rise.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: are today’s AI applications in radiology delivering quantifiable benefits; are nonradiologist physicians qualified to interpret images; new imaging method may help diagnose pregnancy complications; an increase in radiography vacancy rates; and the importance of implementing an official peer-review strategy.
Cost-benefit analysis of AI in radiology – Everything Rad
Artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology has been generating significant buzz for several years, and will inevitably play a large and vital role in the future of medical imaging. But what is the cost-benefit analysis for current AI applications in radiology?
As with any emerging technology, healthcare facilities need to be diligent to determine AI’s true value and ability to deliver desired results in radiology. At Carestream, we are actively working on AI-based solutions that could provide proven clinician, patient and business benefits.
Nonradiologist physicians aren’t qualified to perform advanced clinical image interpretations, study finds – Health Imaging
No medical specialty outside of radiology and cardiology educates their trainees in image interpretation enough to justify nonradiologist physicians reading studies in the clinical setting, according to recently published research in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The researchers acknowledged that physicians in other specialties, such as surgery, may gain a certain level of imaging knowledge during residency and through other educational means, but these avenues don’t typically offer enough to complete clinical image interpretations.
Study shows placenta imaging method may aid early diagnosis of pregnancy complications – Imaging Technology News
A new imaging technique to track maternal blood flow to the placenta has the potential to help diagnose several common complications in early pregnancy, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. If study results are confirmed, the method may provide a way to diagnose women at risk for ischemic placental disease.
ASRT: radiographer vacancy rates on the rise – AuntMinnie
Vacancy rates for radiographers are on the rise, according to a new survey commissioned by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Vacancy rates in some imaging modalities are at the highest rate in 10 years, a sign that the labor market for technologists could be tightening. However, despite the increase in vacancy rates, more data must be gathered to establish a true trend, the ASRT said.
JFR: How to fight fear of peer review – AuntMinnie Europe
More must be done to make peer review systematic and better integrated into workflow, according to a speaker at the French national radiology congress (JFR). Many French radiologists may fear review but unwittingly are doing it anyway, resulting in wide variation in practice across centers. Radiology departments should adopt an official peer-review strategy. The speaker suggested how France might learn from existing systems in the U.K., Canada and the U.S.
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