Diagnostic Reading #17: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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New developments in imaging include linking sinus swelling with brain activity.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: imaging links sinus swelling with brain activity; ultrasound helpful in pandemic but still needs rules; how many radiologists are using AI?; imaging challenges in Latin America; and patients want clearer radiology reports.
FMRI shows chronic sinus inflammation alters brain activity – Axis Imaging News
New imaging research links sinus inflammation with alterations in brain activity, specifically with the neural networks that modulate cognition, introspection and response to external stimuli, according to research published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Study data included radiology image scans as well as cognitive/behavioral measurements. Functional MRI (fMRI) scans showed distinguishing features in the study subjects.
Ultrasound has played a key role in the intensive care unit (ICU) during the COVID-19 pandemic, stated panelists at the virtual 2021 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) annual meeting. During the pandemic, ultrasound has helped clinicians determine factors that contribute to respiratory failure in patients. However, there is still a need to establish clear protocols and training for its use in a health crisis, especially since operator skill can vary, stated one of the panelists.
Despite increased interest around artificial intelligence (AI) in imaging, only about 30% of radiologists currently use the technology as part of their regular clinical work, according to survey results released by the American College of Radiology’s Data Science Institute. Larger practices are more likely to deploy AI than their smaller counterparts, with most using it for aid in interpretation—intracranial hemorrhage, pulmonary emboli and mammographic abnormalities are some of the most common targets. Read about AI Features to Improve Workflow and Image Quality.
Radiology challenges and trends in Latin America – Everything Rad
In the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers in Latin America were presented with new challenges to deliver medical imaging to their patients. Some of them, like the need for safer workflows and faster imaging studies, persist. In addition, price increases and upcoming regulations also are having an impact.
Patients are still having a hard time understanding their radiology reports and are particularly confused about those pertaining to MRI exams, according to findings published in Insights into Imaging. While an increasing number of healthcare organizations are giving patients access to their imaging results via online patient portals, the gap between current practice and what patients want remains a problem.