Imaging Informatics

Hepatic steatosis is a common incidental finding on abdominal imaging, but docs do not always denote it, despite its association with liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes. 

Comparing mammography rates between April-December of 2020 against the same period in 2019, Washington state scientists found stark differences. 

Vetting is an “extremely important” but often overlooked duty of physicians in imaging, U.K. experts wrote recently. 

Prior to implementation, only 2% of reports for dangerous AAAs included follow-up recommendations, but that number jumped to 58% afterward, experts wrote in JACR. 

Michigan Medicine scientists helped design a deep convolutional neural network that could pinpoint nearly 91% of occult fractures on scaphoid radiographs.

Double reading, optimizing image quality, and improving positioning are all ways to potentially address these misses, experts wrote in Academic Radiology

Making the leap from training to that first job can be an “exhilarating yet challenging” phase of a physician’s career, experts detailed in JACR. 

Being between the ages of 55-64 or 75-79, living in a rural area, and using Medicaid or fee-for-service Medicare were all associated with lower adherence. 

However, extra work is needed to get physicians to close the care loop with ultrasound imaging, Duke experts noted.

Radiologists should exercise caution when using artificial intelligence-aided CDS systems, as robust evidence is still lacking, researchers wrote in JAMA.

Structured orders allow clinical decision support systems to root out unnecessary exams, but they run into a roadblock when docs try to freestyle. 

A staff radiologist recommended the redirect to ensure that no abnormalities were missed when analyzing high-definition images. 

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The college praised the recent reimbursement decision but noted many of its recommendations have yet to be incorporated into the national coverage determination draft document.

Early experiments showed the saponin/TLR adjuvant activates many different parts of the immune system to strengthen its response against invading pathogens.

The advanced algorithm could make a significant impact on shared decision-making. 

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