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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

Radiology device failures propel doubling of medical device recalls

The number of annual medical device recalls increased by 97 percent between 2003 and 2012, and radiology devices played a leading role in the growth trend, according to a report from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Prince endows new resident RSNA research grant

MRI legend Martin R. Prince, M.D., Ph.D, F.A.C.R., has endowed the RSNA Research & Education Foundation to fund the Prince Research Resident Grant, to be awarded for the first time this spring.

MQSA Raises Overall Mammography Facility Performance Since 2002

By one measure of quality, mammography providers have increased their performance from a D grade in 2002 to a B grade this year.

An update issued today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the Mammography Quality Standards Act and Program (MQSA) reveals that 86.9% of all facilities tested in February were free of violations, a vast improvement since 2002, when just 64.2% of facilities achieved that distinction.

Technology Acquisition: Implementing the New Normal

Reimbursement cuts, market consolidation, and health-care reform have sparked significant changes in the imaging-technology strategies being implemented across the radiology landscape. Practices, imaging centers, and hospital radiology departments alike not only are altering the manner in which they formulate decisions on imaging-equipment acquisition, but also are adopting different approaches to demonstrating the need for new technology, to acquiring capital for equipment purchases, and to maintaining the assets that they already have.

Showdown in Missouri: Decision Support Versus RBMs

Two years ago, a friend of Missouri state Rep Caleb Jones (R) sustained a shoulder injury while playing with his child. While a physician suggested that an MRI exam might be in order, the man’s health-insurance provider would not cover the cost of the study and instructed him to seek care from a sports-medicine practice. Forced to jump through multiple hoops to address his injury, the man endured prolonged pain and frustration before learning that he had not just bruised his shoulder; he had sustained a fracture—with which he had been walking around for two weeks.

Imaging Technology: Utilization and Service

Introduction: Imaging providers—now, more than ever—need to operate their technology resources as efficiently as possible. To achieve maximum efficiency, the imaging devices must be properly maintained, or providers run the risk of equipment failure. If efficiency is defined as the number of units (procedures) produced in a standard day (10 hours), then three key elements drive efficiency: technology availability (uptime), speed (time needed to produce a single unit), and staff productivity. These three elements are the foundation of throughput.

Equipment Service: Total Cost of Ownership Imaging managers are being called upon to reduce costs significantly in their departments, so understanding the total cost of ownership is critical. All payors have targeted imaging as a high-cost, high-utilization service, over the past seven years, and now health-care reform will change the way that imaging does business forever—making it a cost center on the inpatient side.
Future Tense: Radiology’s Clinical Pathway

Roderic Pettigrew, MD, PhD, is director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He states his organization’s goal simply: developing technology that can detect disease early, even at the molecular level, long before physical symptoms begin to appear.

Financing Growth in a Changing Imaging Environment

Practices, imaging centers, and hospital radiology departments continue to keep an eye on expanding their service lines and market reach. In part, this expansion is an effort to counteract the negative effects of declining reimbursements while meeting demands to provide better care. Mergers and acquisitions, as well as the procurement of equipment,

SIIM: Can social media prevent a $34M loss? And build physician HIT buy-in?

ORLANDO, Fla.In 2002, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles faced a health IT fiasco. The medical center invested $34 million in a computerized physician order entry system based on minimal physician input. Clinical staff revolted and the project was scrapped after three months. Savvy use of social media can not only help health IT leaders circumvent such losses but also build clinical buy-in, according to a June 7 presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).