Diagnostic Reading #9: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Medical imaging of the inner ear and an Egyptian mummy makes headlines.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: X-ray imaging can enhance treatment for hearing-impaired; how to improve CT colonography; prepping for a cyberattack; CT scans reveal more detail in Egyptian mummy; and strategies for patient health mandate.
Advanced X-ray technology creates map for inner ear – Axis Imaging News
Using synchrotron X-ray imaging, researchers in Sweden created the first 3D map of the hearing nerve showing where the various sound frequencies are captured, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. They were able to trace the fine nerve threads and the vibrating auditory organ, the cochlea, and find out exactly how the frequencies of incoming sound are distributed. This can make treatment with cochlea implants for the hearing-impaired more effective, according to an expert.
How to deliver quality & consistency in CT colonography – AuntMinnie Europe
Computed tomography (CT) colonography services are likely to expand rapidly over the next five years, and considerable investment will be required to maintain performance and improve patient outcomes, said the authors of a new practice guidelines and standards paper. A group of experts in the field created this comprehensive document—published jointly by the British Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists (BSGAR) and The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)—which can be downloaded free-of-charge from the RCR website.
Radiology practices need to prepare for cyberattacks – Health Imaging
Cyberattacks against hospitals and health systems are on the rise and radiology departments must be prepared to act if digital capabilities are shut down, according to a study published in the American College of Radiology Bulletin. The study thoroughly examined this topic, discussing lessons learned from real-world attacks, technology products to mitigate damage, mock training drills and other steps radiology departments can take to prepare. Though cyberattacks are not completely preventable, providers should focus on understanding how to handle what follows if IT starts shutting things down.
Modern medical technology is helping scholars tell a more detailed story about the fate of an ancient king whose death indirectly led to the reunification of Egypt in the 16th century BC. Though scholars have debated the exact nature of Pharaoh Seqenenre-Taa-II’s death since his mummy was first discovered and studied in the 1880s, recent computed tomography (CT) scans of the mummified remains revealed new information about his head injuries, according to research published in Frontiers in Medicine.
5 strategies to streamline patient access to radiology reports – Diagnostic Imaging
Several radiology practices are working to meet an underlying requirement of the information-blocking provision included in the 21st Century Cures Act, by exploring the idea of a more timely release of patient radiology reports through online portals. This new provision is intended to improve data interoperability and make it easier for patients to get access to their health information. In a Journal of the American College of Radiology article, a team of radiologists from Massachusetts General Hospital offered five tips to help imaging providers reach this goal.