Diagnostic Reading #26: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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In the news: COVID’s lasting impact on radiology administration.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: COVID’s lasting impact on radiology administration; PET measures COVID effects on brain; new X-ray reveals molecular composition; most effective ways to strengthen cybersecurity; and thermal imaging better predicts healing.
COVID’s lasting impact on radiology administration – Everything Rad
COVID’s lingering influences are still affecting imaging volumes, staffing, and budgeting. Three insightful radiology administrators share their insights and strategies on these issues in our latest blog on Everything Rad.
The effects of COVID-19 on the brain can be accurately measured with positron emission tomography (PET), according to research presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2021 Annual Meeting. In the study, newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients, who required inpatient treatment and underwent PET brain scans, were found to have deficits in neuronal function and accompanying cognitive impairment. The detailed PET depiction was selected as SNMMI’s 2021 Image of the Year.
X-ray scanner spots cancers and analyzes drugs in minutes – Imaging Technology News
Engineers have demonstrated a prototype X-ray scanning machine that reveals not just the shape of an object but its molecular composition. With unprecedented resolution and accuracy, this new technology could speed cancer diagnosis, ensure surgeons remove 100% of a tumor and inspect drugs for dangerous chemicals. It could revolutionize a wide range of fields, which also includes pathology and geology, according to research published in Scientific Reports. The team adapted the technology for several targeted medical and scientific applications.
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As healthcare is being aggressively targeted with security data breaches, this industry, including radiology—with its mounds of personal imaging and clinical data—must take steps to protect itself. In an article recently published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, industry experts reviewed the most valuable steps to help departments and practices protect themselves from malicious attacks. This article includes the most effective defenses and advanced tactics, with both internal and external critical measures.
Thermal imaging techniques can help predict if leg wounds may require additional care, according to research published in Scientific Reports. Researchers believe thermal imaging can determine within two weeks from a baseline scan whether venous leg ulcers will heal in the three months that follow. This technique may be an alternative to using other digital techniques or invasive planimetric tracing, and particularly useful for the home healthcare setting.