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Now that patients want to play a more hands-on role in their own healthcare, the quality of radiology reports has never been more important. In a new analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, the authors highlighted current reporting standards and emerging best practices with special emphasis placed on patient-centric concepts in radiology reporting.

In the last decade, radiation exposure and patient dose has decreased in cardiology, according to trends analyzed and evaluated in a recent article published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  

Radiologists may want to invest in cloud-based image sharing software for departmental workflow purposes. New research in the American College of Radiology showed high efficacy of cloud-based image sharing in a mammography department.

A recent study in the American College of Radiology aimed to assess spending patterns on high-cost imaging during the final three months of life.

Cheryl Petersilge, MD, MBA, with the department of regional radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, examined enterprise imaging—and how radiologists must integrate and collaborate with other departments. Her clinical perspective clinical perspective was published online in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

 

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Q&A: SIIM Chair Paul G. Nagy on image exchange, enterprise imaging and deep learning

The Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) wrapped up a successful SIIM 2017 in Pittsburgh earlier this summer, and now its members are preparing for the second annual Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (C-MIMI) in September.

When this process was simplified, the entire department benefited

Making significant workflow changes at large academic medical centers can be quite difficult, but a team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, were able to do just that. Lead author Richard G. Abramson, MD, and colleagues shared their success in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, providing an in-depth look at what they changed and the impact it had on the entire radiology department.

Agfa Healthcare to provide enterprise imaging platform to Australia’s ACT Health

Agfa Healthcare announced it has signed a three-plus-four-year contract to provide its enterprise imaging platform to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health, which covers patients throughout Australia. Several solutions are involved in the contract, including Enterprise Imaging for Radiology, the XERO universal image viewer, Enterprise Imaging Business Intelligence and more.

Mach7 Technologies hires new CEO

Mach7 Technologies, a Burlington, Vermont-based healthcare company focused on enterprise imaging, has hired Michael Jackman to be its new CEO. Jackman is a veteran of the healthcare IT industry with almost three decades of hands-on experience.

Cleaning up: 3 tips for reducing and reorganizing imaging codes at your institution

A team at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston recently reduced its imaging (IMG) codes—which are used internally to define and keep track of procedures as they pass through various information systems—from more than 1,300 to fewer than 850. How'd they do it? 

AHRA 2017: Q&A: President Jason Newmark on CDS, MACRA, Analytics and More

AHRA’s annual meeting was held in Nashville, Tenn., in 2016, but this year, it’s trading in cowboy boots and country music for sunshine and that cartoon mouse with the famous laugh. AHRA President Jason Newmark, CRA, took a break from making final preparations for AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, Calif., to speak about some of the biggest issues impacting both the present and future of radiology.

Reducing Radiation Exposure in Medical Imaging: How Radiology is Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time

Over the last 10 to 15 years, awareness of the risks of radiation exposure in medical imaging and efforts to reduce dose have escalated exponentially. Imaging equipment vendors have answered the call with dose-reducing strategies that include more sensitive image receptors, better image reconstruction techniques, dose alerts and post-processing software. Radiologists, technologists and physicists have been hard at work as well, edging down dose without compromising image quality. So where do we stand? Are we as low as we can go or is there more that can be done?

ACR takes leading role with creation of AI institute

The American College of Radiology announced the formation of the Data Science Institute (DSI), an inter-disciplinary organization aiming to guide the implementation of artificial intelligence tools in radiology.

Low-cost reporting system can improve interdepartmental communication

Researchers from the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center tracked improvements after implementing an image quality reporting system in their clinical practice. The PACS-integrated software allowed radiologists to quickly and easily fill out incident reports for a variety of issues, including missing images, incomplete documentation and labeling, and problems with the image library.

Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Willis on Radiology-TEACHES program

Students at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are gaining access to a new educational resource called Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation), which aims to give students more in-depth knowledge about medical imaging tests.

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