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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

Reactor shutdown may lead to Mo-99 shortage

Changes to the worldwide supply chain of molybdenum-99 could lead to drastic shortages of a nuclear medicine tracer over the next 18 months, according to a U.S. National Academy of Sciences report. The National Research Universal reactor in Ontario will shut down at the end of October, and while global supply will be “adequate," the reports judges a 50 percent chance of a substantial shortage until other suppliers complete upgrades.

Affordable anthropomorphic phantoms: Pipe dream or a reality?

A team of researchers in Berlin saw that high costs and a complex manufacturing process were limiting the use of anthropomorphic phantoms of patients in radiology. There must be more affordable and efficient way, they thought. 

With $6 million in funding, DICOM Grid becomes Ambra Health

New York-based DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Grid, makers of a cloud-based, medical imaging software, is rebranding itself as Ambra Health and appointing a new chief employee with the help of a $6 million fundraising gift.

ROS, Medic Vision reach deal for selling rights to CT equipment

Radiology Oncology Systems (ROS) has reached a multi-year agreement with Medic Vision Imaging Solutions to become the seller of Medic Vision's SafeCT-29 product line.

US Nuclear acquires Electronic Control Concepts

Canoga Park, California-based U.S. Nuclear is acquiring Electronic Control Concepts (ECC), a company that manufactures parts for x-rays. 

Detroit healthcare group improves radiotherapy capabilities

ViewRay, a producer of linear accelerator-based radiotherapy technology, has reached an agreement with Henry Ford Health System in Detroi to provide such services to the Detroit-based healthcare group.

One step closer to in-vivo CTE diagnosis

Doctors are one step closer to diagnosing and treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), thanks to an innovative imaging strategy developed at UCLA and UCSF. Researchers found a tentative link between brain shrinkage and CTE, using a volumetric MRI program called Neuroreader.

Florida researchers refine 'optogenetics'

Researchers from Jupiter, Florida’s Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience have developed a refinement on a common optogenetic technique, according to a study published in Neuro. By corralling light-sensitive molecules in the cell body of neurons, they increased the accuracy of optogenetic analysis of neural networks.

FDA grants 510(k) clearance to cardiac CT scanner

The FDA granted a 510(k) clearance on Aug. 10 to Arineta’s SpotLight CT scanner. Arineta, which is based in Israel, said in a news release that imaging experts and cardiologists designed the cardiovascular-dedicated SpotLight CT scanner.

Researchers improve fluorescence microscopy by adding third view

Getting the clearest image possible is essential when studying the interactions within the body and researchers have developed a new fluorescence microscopy method that greatly improves the clarity of the image by using three views of the sample at the same time.