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As the influence of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook grows, healthcare specialists have started adopting specific hashtags on those platforms to reach the largest number of users possible. In interventional radiology, for instance, the preferred hashtag is #IRad. Researchers tracked the evolution of that hashtag on Twitter, publishing their results in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

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).

U.S. Department of Defense announces purchase of more than 100 portable DR systems from Virtual Imaging

Canon U.S.A. announced this week that the United States Department of Defense has purchased more than 100 portable digital radiography (DR) systems from Virtual Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon.

Carestream reveals plans for AHRA 2017 in Anaheim

Carestream announced Tuesday that its DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile X-ray system will be on display at AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

Image Wisely announces new safety case focused on radiation dose in CT exams

Image Wisely announced Monday that its newest radiation safety case, Child-sizing CT Dose: Optimizing Patient Care Through Quality Improvement– Pediatric and Adult Imaging, is now available online.

3 ways a PACS-based software solution helped radiologists communicate with referring physicians

Communication with referring physicians is essential in radiology, but it often becomes stressful and frustrating for radiologists when they struggle to track down the right person. This can lead to workflow delays that chip away at various quality metrics and have a negative impact on patient care. In a recent case study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Eduardo J. Matta, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and colleagues worked to improve communication between radiologists and referring physicians by implementing a new, PACS-based software solution.

Siemens Healthineers announces FDA clearance of 3T MRI System

Siemens Healthineers announced Thursday that the FDA has cleared the company’s MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla (3T) MRI scanner. The scanner features Siemens’ new BioMatrix technology, which “addresses inherent anatomical and physiological differences among patients,” and a user interface designed to simplify positioning the patient table.

Carestream, CurveBeam to spread word about weight-bearing CT

CurveBeam and Carestream Health signaled their commitment to weight-bearing computed tomography (CT) by announcing a collaborative effort to support education and research of the burgeoning modality.

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