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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.

 

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New lymph node-detecting method could be better for breast cancer patients

Considering the limitations of current methods of locating sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer patients, a new clinical trial might pave the way for a safer and easier of detection.

 
PACS Roundtable, Part 2: The Ideal PACS-EMR Relationship

An expert panel weighs in on what makes the PACS-EMR integration click

Chemo drug might harm ovaries in female fetuses

According to new research, the chemotherapy drug etoposide might be dangerous for female fetuses’ developing ovaries. The findings, published in the journal BioMedCentral Cancer, changed the previously held view that most cancer drugs, when administered to pregnant women, are safe for their fetuses in the second and third trimesters.

 
Radiation as effective as surgery in prostate cancer patients, study suggests

New research suggests that high-dose radiation therapy may be as effective as surgery for patients suffering with prostate cancer, a discovery that could lead to the simplification of the treatment process for patients.

Fujifilm announces new products to improve outpatient imaging centers

The FDA has approved radiology products FDR Visionary Suite and the FDR Clinica X-Ray Components by Fujifilm, the company announced in a statement August 3.

 
UMass interventional radiologists work to fill gap in peer review process

Peer review is a method doctors and health researchers use to hold the work of their whole industries accountable, including within the field of diagnostic radiology. But most interventional radiology practices don’t have similar standardized processes with which to verify work among radiologists.

Evidence of cancer shown in bone of ancient human ancestor

Although cancer is commonly thought to be increasingly caused by modern-day pollution and poor diets, a new discovery on a human ancestor is testing that theory.

AAPM annual meeting to emphasize medical physicists' value

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s (AAPM) 58th Annual Meeting is set to start July 31. The program will include presentations of new research, lectures and other events centered on the theme of “Communicating our Value. Improving our Future.”

 
New CT machine joins West Coast health system

At least four hospitals and 60 clinics throughout Idaho and Oregon are about to see an imaging technology upgrade, according to a statement by the hospitals’ network, Saint Alphonsus Health System.

 
Pokémon, phone home for healthcare

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with drivers distracted by texting—other drivers, of course, never ever you or me—now comes Pokémon Go to engross both drivers and walkers, including millions of children. 

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