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During a 2016 simulation exercise, researchers evaluated the ability of 32 different deep learning algorithms to detect lymph node metastases in patients with breast cancer. Each algorithm’s performance was then compared to that of a panel of 11 pathologists with time constraint (WTC). Overall, the team found that seven of the algorithms outperformed the panel of pathologists, publishing an in-depth analysis in JAMA.

At RSNA 2017 in Chicago, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies were everywhere. Attendees rushed to learn as much as possible about AI, countless educational sessions touched on the topic and exhibitors made sure to mention it in their booths as much as possible. I wouldn’t quite say AI took over the show like some have suggested, but it did make quite an impression on everyone walking through the doors of McCormick Place.

The buzz around social media in radiology has skyrocketed in recent years, with more and more departments, private practices and specialists starting to use using the various platforms to their advantage. Of course, it’s about more than just using sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; to get the most out of these resources, one must also learn the differences between them.

Interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning at RSNA 2017 seems like it’s unprecedented—but the increased attention is quantifiable. More than 100 sessions delve into the topic at this year’s show in Chicago. Two years ago, less than 10 touched on such concepts.

Social media platforms have quickly become dominant outlets to discuss healthcare, including lung cancer-specific topics across the cancer prevention and control continuum.


Recent Headlines

MRI safety reminder: Cloth can be a fire hazard

Using cloth containing copper fibers during an MRI can result in a fire, as explained in a recent case report published by Radiology. The authors wrote their analysis about a specific incident that took place in August 2016 on a PET/MR imaging system that had just been installed the following year. The patient, a 61-year-old woman, was not harmed.

The imaging of ancient history: Researchers look back on decades of CT-based research on Egyptian mummies

CT examinations of Egyptian mummies have been used to study ancient history for more than four decades, allowing specialists to feel as if they’ve traveled back in time. A team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland compiled published findings from 47 such analyses from over the years, exploring the data and publishing their results in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

The Radiology-IT Relationship: Where It Stands, Where It’s Headed

Radiology has been intertwined with information technology in a generally enthusiastic, if occasionally uneasy, embrace for the better part of four decades. What does this mean for radiologists right now and going forward? To hash out that question, we assembled a panel of four practicing radiologists with leadership-level expertise in IT and informatics:

Siemens, Homeland Security issue advisory for diagnostic imaging systems

On Augist 3, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Siemens Healthineers issued an advisory that four of the company’s diagnostic imaging systems may be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Fujifilm releases Synapse 5 in U.S.

Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. announced Thursday that it has officially released Synapse 5, the latest version of its Synapse PACS solution, in the United States. The company says Synapse 5 “sets new standards for enterprise imaging” and it is available now.

Carestream plant in Colorado recognized for energy efficiency

Carestream announced Tuesday that its manufacturing plant in Windsor has won a Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency award from the Colorado Energy Office. Energy consumption at the plant has decreased by 5.4 percent in the last two years, and Carestream says it is hoping to reduce consumption by another 5 percent by 2020.

Accuray announces FDA clearance of iDMS Data Management System

Accuray, a Sunnyvale, California-based radiation oncology company, announced Monday that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its iDMS Data Management System, a database that shares data between different Accuray delivery systems. The company views this new database as an upgrade to its entire TomoTherapy platform.

MRI offers less invasive peek at potential liver donors

Transplantation is the most effective method of combatting end-stage liver disease. But the success has increased demand and limited supplies for cadaveric organs. In a study, published online July 27 in the American Journal of Roentgenology, researchers examined how MRI can improve evaluation procedures of living liver donors.

AI ‘learns’ to predict schizophrenia from brain MRI

A collaborative effort between IBM and the University of Alberta in Canada has produced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms were able to examine MRI and predict schizophrenia with 74 percent accuracy.

Agfa Healthcare receives FDA clearance of new XERO Universal Viewer applications

Agfa Healthcare announced Thursday that the XERO Xtend functionalities of its Enterprise Imaging zero-footprint viewer have received FDA 510(k) clearance. These new features provide the company’s XERO Universal Viewer with 3D processing capabilities and “advanced clinical applications.”