Diagnostic Reading #44: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Headlines this week: recommendations for RSNA 2020; lessons learned from pandemic.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: tips to get the most out of the RSNA virtual program; lessons learned from the pandemic; Microsoft moves further into radiology space; challenges in teleradiology; what’s next for teleradiology; and MRI contrast agents bring low risk of adverse reactions.
Get the most out of the RSNA 2020 virtual program: 4 tips – Everything Rad
If you are attending the RSNA 2020 virtual meeting and exhibition, your pre-show planning is very different than previous years. No need to book travel or reserve hotel rooms. However, in order to get the most out of RSNA 2020, you still need to do some advance planning.
With RSNA coming up soon, Carestream reached out to imaging professionals who attended the AHRA, ECR and other virtual conferences this year. Also, AHRA was nice enough to share with me the feedback they received on their surveys after their first-ever virtual conference this year. Read 4 tips for making RSNA 2020 and other virtual shows more useful and enjoyable.
As the coronavirus took hold in the U.S., clinicians quickly turned to medical imaging to help diagnose and treat patients. One of the first radiologists to begin studying the disease—who has authored more than 40 papers on the pandemic—recently shared five insights and lessons for other providers on the front lines, including more information about patients with atypical symptoms and long-lasting lung damage. Read the related blog on managing radiology staff during COVID-19.
Tech giant Microsoft is moving further into the radiology space with a new medical imaging server solution, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. Part of this new solution includes the company’s cloud-based DICOM server that can be used alongside Microsoft’s Azure programming interface for fast healthcare interoperability. Healthcare systems can utilize this tool to merge clinical health information with imaging files and perform tasks that are difficult and expensive to complete with current “on-premises” systems. Microsoft has been wading deeper into healthcare territory in recent months, including a $40 million artificial intelligence (AI) initiative to tackle issues such as biomedical data-sharing and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how integral teleradiology has become—and will stay—in the radiology specialty. Teleradiology has allowed providers to continue processing images while practicing social distancing, said researchers in the American Journal of Roentgenology. In this article, the research team outlined several challenges that still face teleradiology, including licensing and credentialing.
Cardiac MRI contrast agents carry low risk of adverse events – Imaging Technology News
Contrast agents used to improve views of the heart on MRI exams carry a very low risk of allergic reactions, vomiting and other acute adverse events, according to a study published in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. While most cardiac MRI exams use intravenous gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to improve visualization, studies have shown that trace amounts of the toxic gadolinium ions may remain in the body with repeated administration. Therefore, current study results highlight the importance of pre-procedural assessment to look for contraindications to MRI scanning and GBCA.