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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.

The health IT holy grail of nationwide interoperability remains top of mind in theory yet miles away in practice. The daunting distance of the road ahead was thrown into sharp relief in early October, when Health Affairs published American Hospital Association (AHA) survey data from 2015 showing that two of three U.S. hospitals can’t locate, retrieve, send and/or meaningfully integrate the electronic medical records (EMRs) of patients who received care at other provider sites (Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Oct 1;36(10):1820-1827). 

 

Recent Headlines

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.

Intelerad launches all-in-one VNA software

Intelerad Medical Systems launched its latest comprehensive enterprise imaging system—called CosmosOne—in a bid to centralize patient information and provide an VNA companion to its workflow and enterprise viewing software.

Neiman Institute helps practices develop breast bundles with online tool

The Neiman Health Policy Institute is at it again, adding yet another online tool to help imaging practices make the right clinical and economic decisions. The institute released the Breast Screening Bundle Tool after a presentation at the American College of Radiology Annual Meeting.

Imaging practices need to sort out CDS before January

Imaging practices are running out of time to integrate appropriate use criteria (AUC) into clinical workflows before the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) requires it in 2018. However, the American College of Radiology (ACR)’s R-SCAN network both can prepare providers for the coming federal mandate while improving AUC for the specialty as a whole.

LI-RADS reporting can reduce costs of liver cancer treatment

The implementation of standardized reporting for suspected hepatocellular carcinoma improved consistency and clarity, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

RBMA 2017 PaRADigm: Q&A: Jim Hamilton on member education, MACRA and a brand new annual meeting

2017 is a year of significant change for RBMA. This year, the association has consolidated its two largest annual meetings—Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference—into one larger meeting: RBMA PaRADigm.

Jim Hamilton, MHA, CMM, is the president of RBMA and the administrator and business manager for Medical Imaging Physicians, an 18-radiologist practice in Dayton, Ohio. Hamilton spoke with Radiology Business Journal about RBMA PaRADigm and also touched on how significant changes in the imaging industry have impacted 

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