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Imaging Informatics

 

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 brain map more than doubles its defined areas

Imaging technology can be important for more than diagnosing or treating individuals—a new study published in the journal Nature shows the abilities of MRIs to facilitate new discoveries about the human body.

 
Interpretations of dense breasts can vary among rads, study says

A woman who has a mammogram that shows she has dense breasts—more tissue than normal—is usually considered to be at a higher risk of breast cancer than other women. The denser tissue makes it harder for radiologists to detect breast cancer in mammograms. The extra tissue itself is another risk factor.

 
Using radioguided sentinel lymph node biopsies could improve estimation of disease severity in papillary thyroid carcinoma

A new imaging method could help physicians detect serious types of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) more accurately, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery.

 
Adding PET scans to guided biopsies can improve prostate cancer detection

new study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine asserts that a new method of prostate cancer imaging can make guided biopsies more precise and general understanding of the cancer clearer.

California hospital expands imaging fleet

Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calififornia, expanded its imaging capabilities by 11 portable machines, the hospital announced July 13.

 
Cerebral microbleeds in MS, CIS patients associated with greater disability

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) are likelier to have cognitive and physical disabilities associated with their diseases if they also show a stronger presence of cerebral microbleeds, according to a new study in the journal Radiology.

 
Enterprise Imaging Roundtable: Goals and Strategy

Four leaders in imaging informatics discuss enterprise imaging goals and strategies at their respective institutions.

Dotting the i's and crossing the t's: Improving the quality of RIS information

When patient information transcribed into a facility’s radiology information system (RIS) is inaccurate or incomplete, it can have a negative impact on both patient care and workflow. According to a recent study, institutions can significantly improve the quality of information provided to radiologists on image requisitions through education and the implementation of a thorough checklist.

Indiana hospital implements eRAD PACS

eRAD, a subsidiary of RadNet, announced this week that Pinnacle Hospital in Crown Point, Ind., has implemented eRAD’s PACS technology at its facility.

Intelerad Medical Systems announces deal with Imagix Medical Imaging

Intelerad Medical Systems, a Montreal-based developer of PACS and other software, announced this week that Imagix Medical Imaging will be deploying IntelePACS in its 13 radiology clinics.

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