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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

Wireless ultrasound scanner receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a wireless ultrasound scanner, a device that can help physicians complete high-quality scans quickly when they have limited access to traditional machines.

RSNA 2016: The combined advantages of PET/MR hybrid imaging

A Nov. 29 presentation at RSNA 2016 in Chicago outlined the challenges and benefits to using hybrid PET/MR imagining to provide the clearest images possible in “Emerging Technology PET/MRI Opportunities and Challenges."

RSNA 2016: What’s up with the new Joint Commission regulations?

A Tuesday, Nov. 29, presentation at RSNA 2016 featured Joint Commission member and practicing medical physicist Tyler S. Fisher, MD, discussing compliance in an imaging department, including the commission’s two new focuses: justification and dose optimization.

Creating a ‘culture of security’ in radiology

Radiologists are becoming a little less in “denial” about the need for imaging security, according to J. Anthony Seibert, PhD, professor and associate chair of informatics in the radiology department at the University of California Davis Health System, Sac­ramento. But he still sees plenty of room for improvement.

MRI being applied to diffuse salt in Iberian ham

The salt content of ham delivers texture, flavor and is what allows the ham itself to mature, as it wouldn’t be able to do so without it, unless a team of researchers are able to diffuse salt non-destructively using MRI.

Evena Medical launches DeepVu Ultrasound 4.0

Evena Medical, based in Los Altos, California, has launched DeepVu Ultrasound 4.0, an advanced mobile ultrasound medical imaging system.

Telemis to launch updated imaging software at RSNA

Belgium-based Telemis, a medical imaging, archiving and transmission company, has completed work on the next generation of its PACS.

Rage against the machine? Not so fast, radiologists

We’ve all seen the news stories and journal articles that warn of radiology’s demise at the hands of machine learning—heck, I’ve written about some of them myself—but the results of a recent patient survey should make radiologists feel good about the future of their profession. 

Radiologist creates app that simplifies how we talk about radiation exposure

As concerns about radiation exposure continue to grow, both patients and physicians are looking for ways to quantitatively understand the dangers and consequences of getting too much. 

Agfa Healthcare seeks validation for image exchange platform

Agfa Healthcare has joined the RSNA Image Share Validation Program as a pilot vendor, in a bid to receive validation for their Enterprise Imaging platform.