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Timely CT scans are a crucial component of a stroke patient’s immediate treatment plan, and researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have devised a method for tracking efficiency in institutions nationwide.

Enterprise imaging is top of mind for radiology because radiology has a place at the top of many efforts to drive “every-ology” image access into hospitals and health systems across the U.S. One health system lighting the way into enterprise imaging’s future is the Mayo Clinic. The multi-state, Rochester, Minn.-based institution has been pursuing enterprise imaging since as far back as 1999.

What should radiology be expending, in manpower as well as money, to help make medical imaging accessible to and from every clinical department? And what’s in enterprise imaging for radiology, anyway? 

Most radiologists believe report automation has a significant impact on the quality of their radiology reports, according to a new study published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. Automation has become more common, the authors explained, due to more radiology departments going “all-digital” and the integration of RIS, PACS and reporting systems.

As radiology continues to embrace big data and artificial intelligence (AI), specialists can’t forget that they are still responsible for the safety and well-being of their patients, according to a new analysis published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 

Recent Headlines

Image-based diagnosis for fibromyalgia on the horizon

Fibromyalgia is an oddity when it comes to musculoskeletal diseases. It’s considered an “arthritis-related condition," but it’s not truly a form of arthritis—it doesn’t cause muscle or joint inflammation. It’s tough to diagnose, problematic to treat and affects women at eight times the rate of men. However, researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder have identified three neural networks on functional MRI (fMRI) that may represent the first image-based diagnostic method for fibromyalgia.

PACS 3.0: The Next Iteration of Radiology’s Reading Platform

Three PACS veterans share future hopes and past disappointments about radiology’s great gift to the digital healthcare enterprise

In the Heights: The Radiology 100 Achieves a New High, Steady Growth Prevails

The nation’s largest radiology practices continue to grow, adding imaging centers, increasing productivity and launching MSOs.

Stanford uses fMRI to predict success of antidepressants

Stanford Medicine has identified an fMRI metric that could indicate the likelihood of relieving depression with medication, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America.

Could luminescence breakthrough improve medical imaging?

Scientists at the University of Vermont (UVM) and Dartmouth College said they’ve identified a new form of light called SOKR, according to a statement—one that may, in time, have implications for medical imaging.

vRad expands national imaging database

Virtual Radiologic (vRad), a Mednax company that specializes in teleradiology services and telemedicine, has enhanced and updated its Radiology Patient Care Indices, a national radiology database.

Wisconsin researchers combat obesity with fat-measuring MRI

Researchers from UW-Madison have developed an MRI-based fat quantification method that separately measures brown adipose tissue (BAT) and white adipose tissue (WAT).

Thyroid cancer possibly over-diagnosed

Methods to diagnose thyroid cancer may be almost too good, according to the authors of a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 
Brain atrophy related to treatment time, but not recovery likelihood, in SRSE patients

Patients with super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE) could end up with brain atrophy after a prolonged seizure and treatment, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.

 
Healthier lifestyle associated with fewer dementia-related brain proteins in PET scans

Having a lower BMI, eating healthier foods and getting more physicial activity could be associated with fewer PET scan-detectable amyloid and tau proteins in the brain in adults with subjective memory impairment and mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

 

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