Diagnostic Reading #47: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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News from RSNA 2019 Annual Meeting
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: radiologist/patient interaction in the spotlight at RSNA; cybersecurity weaknesses in radiology; new rule will make hospitals provide upfront radiology pricing; RSNA to shorten annual meeting; and scientists use X-rays and light to examine mummy bones.
RSNA 19 Puts Spotlight on Radiologists’ Interaction with Patients – Everything Rad
The issue – and the opportunity – for radiologists to interact with patients was in the spotlight on day one of RSNA 19. All people have the need for a human voice, for information, and for reassurance, said RSNA President Dr. Jackson, emphasizing that interaction with radiologists can help reduce patients’ anxiety and increase their understanding.
Imaging devices, soft security practices are a ‘weak link’ in protecting data – Health Data Management
Security concerns for imaging professionals are on the rise as hackers view digital radiological devices—increasingly connected to IT systems—as a weak link that can be broken to access medical information. In a presentation on cybersecurity, speakers at the RSNA annual meeting said weaknesses in radiology include outdated operating systems on imaging devices, sloppy use of usernames and passwords as well as misguided efforts to make it easy to exchange image files.
CMS ‘throwing open the shutters’ to require upfront pricing on radiology services – Radiology Business
The government has finalized a rule that will require hospitals to provide upfront pricing on several imaging studies, or face possible audits or $300 daily fines. These changes—aimed at providing more price transparency to consumers—would take effect on January 1, 2021, and apply to 13 different “shoppable” radiology services that can be scheduled by a consumer in advance.
RSNA plans to cut Friday sessions starting in 2021 – AuntMinnie
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has announced the biggest changes to its meeting format in decades. As of RSNA 2021, the conference will end on Thursday and the technical exhibition will be cut from five days to four days. These plans are part of several changes that will be made over the next two years aimed at enhancing all aspects of both the onsite and virtual RSNA meeting, including technical exhibits, educational and scientific programming, and meeting-related technology, according to the RSNA.
Scientists explore Egyptian mummy bones with X-rays and infrared light – Imaging Technology News
Using X-ray and infrared light-based techniques, researchers from Cairo University worked with teams at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) to study Egyptian soil and bone samples dating back 4,000 years. The ALS produces various wavelengths of bright light that can be used to explore the microscopic chemistry, structure and other properties of samples. Exploring soil and ancient mummified bone samples could provide a richer understanding of daily life and environmental conditions thousands of years ago.
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