Imaging Informatics

Patients increasingly read their own radiology reports, and the trend is only accelerating. In this new world, radiologists need to be mindful of the harm that poorly chosen words can do to a patient’s peace of mind.

A modified TI-RADS was successful in helping one Canadian hospital achieve standardized reporting in their thyroid imaging department, the physicians reported in Academic Radiology this month, suggesting a globally uniform reporting system for thyroid cancers might not be far from reality.

Imaging CDS that includes appropriateness guidance may yet wring the full value out of the promising technology.

Real-time location systems are an effective way to track patient processing and room utilization times noninvasively, as well as offer insight into how radiology practices can run more efficiently, a group of Johns Hopkins researchers report in the current edition of Practical Radiation Oncology.

A productivity tracking system out of Ottawa Hospital in Canada measures both clinical and academic productivity among radiologists and provides physicians with an incentive to improve workplace efficiency, according to work published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal.

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the interoperability standard developed for the exchange of healthcare information, can dramatically improve patient care, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.

Using an algorithm that allows radiologists to request follow-up emails as they dictate radiology reports can engage providers across the board and improve patient care, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA announced its collaboration with Availity, a payer and provider engagement network, to improve patient financial engagement and automated insurance pre-authorizations.

Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. announced Wednesday, May 30, that it will be exhibiting its full enterprise imaging portfolio—including Synapse 5 PACS, Synapse 3D and Synapse VNA—and highlighting a new brand, REiLI, at the SIIM 2018 Annual Meeting May 31-June 2 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Integrating commercially available clinical decision support (CDS) software into an electronic health record (EHR) helps improve the appropriateness of imaging studies ordered by emergency and inpatient healthcare providers, according to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The shift was especially significant for trainees.

Implementing a telephone triage service could cut interruptions to radiology reporting rooms by more than 40 percent while staying budget-friendly, according to recent research out of the United Kingdom.

Radiologists use “variable and complex” language to describe normal thyroid glands in chest CT reports, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Could this have a negative effect on patient comprehension?