Imaging Informatics

Imaging informatics (also known as radiology informatics, a component of wider medical or healthcare informatics) includes systems to transfer images and radiology data between radiologists, referring physicians, patients and the entire enterprise. This includes picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), wider enterprise image systems, radiology information. systems (RIS), connections to share data with the electronic medical record (EMR), and software to enable advanced visualization, reporting, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, analytics, exam ordering, clinical decision support, dictation, and remote image sharing and viewing systems.

Arl Van Moore, MD, American College of Radiology (ACR) delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, former ACR president, chairman of the ACR Board and former CEO of Strategic Radiology, discusses two radiology related policy decisions at the AMA 2022 meeting. These included a AMA policy on the iodine contrast shortage and AUC CDS. #AMA #AMA22 #AMAmtg #AMA175 #ACR

Arl Van Moore, MD, American College of Radiology (ACR) delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, former ACR president, chairman of the ACR Board and former CEO of Strategic Radiology, discusses radiology-related policy decisions at the AMA 2022 meeting.

The ASNC is one of several medical imaging societies asking Congress to repeal the appropriate use criteria (AUC) criteria mandate. They say it poses issues for clinicians and is becoming outdated by changes in CMS payment systems. The AUC requirements call for documentation using CVMS authorized software in order to show advanced imaging such as nuclear and CT is justified, or else Medicare payments might be withheld.

American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates 2022 meeting Stephen Bloom, MD, and Nishant Shah, MD, explain a new AMA policy asking Congress to revise its clinician decision support mandate. 

A family-owned provider organization that supplies advanced imaging and radiation oncology services at more than 30 locations has fallen victim to a sizeable cyberattack.

What to look for in radiology workflow orchestration software. Enterprise wide advanced visualization

Elizabeth Bergey, MD, a diagnostic radiologist at Quantum, chairman of Quantum’s Board of Directors, discusses some of the questions radiology practices should be asking when evaluating orchestration software.

One of the big problems in radiology today is the selective cherry picking of the easier, more desirable cases from the DICOM work lists and leaving the more complicated studies for other radiologists, leading to radiologist burnout. Several vendors now offer radiology workflow orchestration software engines to help load balance reading lists. Image from Sectra.

One of the problems in radiology today is the selective cherry picking of the easier, more desirable cases from the DICOM worklists and leaving the more complicated studies for other radiologists, which is one of the factors in radiologist burnout.

A radiologists reading station, image from Sectra

Elizabeth Bergey, MD, a diagnostic radiologist at Quantum, chairman of Quantum’s board of directors, explains some of the issues that cause burnout and how technology can help mitigate issues that cause radiologists to leave.

Elizabeth Bergey, MD, a diagnostic radiologist at Quantum, explained how the radiology group orchestrates its work lists for load balancing at the 2022 Radiology Business Management (RBMA) meeting.

Elizabeth Bergey, MD, a diagnostic radiologist at Quantum, chairman of Quantum’s Board of Directors, explains how the radiology group orchestrates its work lists for load balancing using an AI-driven IT system for its work lists.

As FDA-approved AI software continues to proliferate in radiology—well more than 150 products to date and rising—a trio of Yale radiologists has compiled a status report focused on AI applications available to, specifically, emergency radiology.

Iodinated contrast is most widely used in patients undergoing CT studies for, in descending order, abdominopelvic, chest, head/neck and brain indications.

Artificial intelligence can help make breast cancer screening mammography more accurate.

Combining ensemble AI models with reads from breast radiologists of mixed experience levels can help health systems consistently diagnose malignant architectural distortion on mammography.

Of 1,000 patients injected with corticosteroids under fluoroscopic guidance at an academic medical center over a 4½-year period, only 10 experienced serious complications within a year. 

Artificial intelligence

More than 40% of Americans are generally OK with the thought of AI reading their chest x-rays. Moreover, some 12.3% are very comfortable with the prospect.

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American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates 2022 meeting Stephen Bloom, MD, and Nishant Shah, MD, explain a new AMA policy asking Congress to revise its clinician decision support mandate. 

The American Medical Association Board of Delegates approved a policy calling on payers to reimburse for the drug regadenoson and not to employ payment policies that push for cardiologists to change the drug they use for pharmacologic stress for one that is considered less safe.

American Medical Association President Gerald Harmon, MD, joined us for an exclusive chat about some of the hottest topics discussed at the 2022 AMA House of Delegates meeting.

   
   
   
   
   
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