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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

How accurate are volumetric software programs when compared to breast MRI?

Radiologists are in need of accurate methods for assessing a patient’s percent breast density (PBD) from a 2D mammogram. Are today’s volumetric breast density software programs up to the challenge?

MRI shows 'residual echo' from Neanderthals in human brain

Researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health have used MRI to suggest the brain’s ability to use tools and locate objects can be connected to Neanderthal-derived gene variants.

Health IT specialists: The unsung heroes of value-based care

Radiology’s shift to value-based care has caused providers to focus on patient experience more than ever before. What makes patients happy? What makes them comfortable? How do you get them more involved in their own care? Asking these questions is the easy part, of course—it’s answering them and then making those answers a reality that can be a significant challenge.

FDA OKs MRI system for use in neonatal ICU

In a June 20 press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had cleared the first MRI device designed for neonatal brain and head imaging in intensive care units.

3D imaging provides deeper look into blood clots

Researchers have developed a new method of studying blood clots in 3D through optical microscopy. Such understanding of the internal architecture of clots can help cardiologists identify and diagnose clots that may put patients at risk for stroke or heart attack.

Canon DR software, RadPro mobile x-ray system receive US military cybersecurity certification

Canon USA announced July 11 the RadPRO Soltus 100M Mobile Digital X-ray System from Virtual Imaging has received cybersecurity certification.

Expert panel praises Mo-99 manufacturers, says supply is ‘secure, reliable’

Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) supplies are “secure and reliable,” according to a panel at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SMNNI) 2017 annual meeting in Denver. Mo-99 is a precursor isotope to technetium-99m, which helps clinicians perform millions of procedures annually in the U.S. alone. In the past, Mo-99 shortages have caused significant delays in patient care.

Riding the blue bird: 4 ways to unleash the power of Twitter at radiology meetings

Many radiology groups and departments already use social media on a regular basis, but popular platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can also be used to help individuals advertise their own personal brand and make a name for themselves.

2 U.S. airports using CT technology to scan carry-on luggage

Medical imaging professionals might see some familiar equipment this summer as they head to the airport for family vacations. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that CT scanning equipment is being used to scan carry-on luggage at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston.

Mount Sinai Health System develops Imaging Research Warehouse for studying healthcare data

The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has developed the Imaging Research Warehouse (IRW), a “massive image database” developed by the Mount Sinai Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute (TMII).