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Ensuring patients receive appropriate follow-up imaging after suspicious findings on mammography or other cancer screening is notoriously difficult: about one-third of US women who are surgically treated for breast cancer never undergo their follow-up, slipping through the cracks. Faculty and researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recognized the need for a reliable monitoring system to guarantee patients receive their clinically-indicated follow-up, creating an automated recommendation-tracking program to identify patients with suspicious lesions on abdominal organs and notify the appropriate care providers.

A group of researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health’s Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium provided a much-needed update to statistics on the performance of diagnostic mammography in the U.S., publishing the results in Radiology.

An interdisciplinary team used an MRI quantification technique called "shape atlasing" to detect subtle deformations in cancerous prostate glands, finding a consistent anterior bulge among the patient cohort.

There’s a wealth of usable data in every imaging practice, including performance benchmarks, scanner data and EHR records. Building a business analytics framework to extract and visualize data can be challenging, but the use cases demonstrate impressive gains in productivity and value.

RSNA, Chicago—No two words struck more fear into the hearts of radiologists in 2016 than “artificial” and “intelligence.” The cascading virality of the hashtag #AI only intensified the sense that, slowly but surely, something doomful this way comes.

 

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Penn implements automated follow-up tracker to impressive results

Ensuring patients receive appropriate follow-up imaging after suspicious findings on mammography or other cancer screening is notoriously difficult: about one-third of US women who are surgically treated for breast cancer never undergo their follow-up, slipping through the cracks. Faculty and researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recognized the need for a reliable monitoring system to guarantee patients receive their clinically-indicated follow-up, creating an automated recommendation-tracking program to identify patients with suspicious lesions on abdominal organs and notify the appropriate care providers.

SIR17: AI chatbot can answer questions about interventional procedures

The same technology that allows Google Translate to “help” high school students with their Spanish homework may soon put an interventional radiologist in your pocket, according to a March 8 session at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Updated mammography metrics: What your practice needs to know

A group of researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health’s Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium provided a much-needed update to statistics on the performance of diagnostic mammography in the U.S., publishing the results in Radiology.

What to consider when selecting new digital radiography systems

As proposed reimbursement changes take place this year for film-screen and in 2018 for computed radiography, your practice just like many others, may be looking into upgrading radiographic equipment to digital radiography (DR).

MRI prostate analysis could indicate cancer sans biopsy, reduce unnecessary procedures

An interdisciplinary team used an MRI quantification technique called "shape atlasing" to detect subtle deformations in cancerous prostate glands, finding a consistent anterior bulge among the patient cohort.

Gamma Medica teams up with leaders in medical imaging equipment, expanding MBI use

Gamma Medica announced that it is teaming up with Medical Imaging and Capital X-Ray to provide women access to Gamma Medica's LunaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) system.

MEG imaging provides a new way of diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury

Researchers from Simon Fraser University, the Hospital for Sick Children and Defense Research and Development Canada teamed together using magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging to develop a new technique to improve the diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury.

RSNA 2016: How to apply business analytics to radiology

There’s a wealth of usable data in every imaging practice, including performance benchmarks, scanner data and EHR records. Building a business analytics framework to extract and visualize data can be challenging, but the use cases demonstrate impressive gains in productivity and value.

RSNA 2016: Radiologists must become as centaurs joined at the midsection to AI

RSNA, Chicago—No two words struck more fear into the hearts of radiologists in 2016 than “artificial” and “intelligence.” The cascading virality of the hashtag #AI only intensified the sense that, slowly but surely, something doomful this way comes.

From Volume to Value: Radiology’s New IT Value Platform

When it comes to demonstrating radiology’s value, IT will be indispensable, and yes, decision support is part of the platform

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