Imaging Informatics

Radiology leaders responded this week to a difficult hypothetical—something the Journal of the American College of Radiology itself called a “devilish dilemma”: What would they do if their hospitals insisted on permanently switching to a new electronic medical record (EMR) without first consulting them?

Radiology residents around the world typically record experiential learning (EL) in a clinical logbook, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging, modern PACS and RIS technology could very well be used to build the EL portfolios of the future.

Approximately 10 percent of general practitioners are not confident when reading neuroradiology reports, according to a new study published by Clinical Radiology.

The lack of a structured reporting system for imaging technologists could be threatening the readability of studies in the field, a team of U.K. researchers reported this month in Radiography. But some argue a more rigid format would distract from the cognitive processes that make radiology reports so valuable in the first place.

The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) has received a donation from the Sagicor Foundation that is expected to greatly improve patient care and save the group approximately $3 million each year: a new PACS.

A semiautomated process for tracking patients with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can improve patient care, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Many imaging providers have not implemented or started implementing clinical decision support (CDS) software, according to a new survey of more than 250 AHRA members.

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.