Imaging Informatics

A patient from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has been awarded 700,000 Canadian dollars (more than $540,000) due to a missed tuberculosis diagnosis back in 2008.

Referring physicians are increasingly struggling to understand radiologists’ jargon in written imaging reports, a trio of California physicians wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this week. That lack of communication could result in misguided treatment.

Natural language processing (NLP) techniques can help extract relevant data from free-text radiology reports, according to a study published in Journal of Digital Imaging.

Dicom Systems, a California-based enterprise imaging and teleradiology IT company, has announced the release of Load Balancer, an updated module for its Enterprise Imaging Unifier platform.

On July 14, 2016, a terrorist drove his truck through a large crowd in Nice, France, killing 86 people and injuring more than 450. Nicolas Amoretti, MD, with the department of radiology at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, helped treat patients in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Public Health England (PHE) revealed this month that, since 2009, approximately 450,000 women around the age of 70 were not sent invitations to receive breast cancer screening due to an IT issue. Jeremy Hunt, the U.K.’s health and social care secretary, has said the government will provide catch-up screening to women under the age of 72 within six months.

Granting radiology patients access to online patient portals is growing transparency in the field, Atlanta radiologist Nadja Kadom, MD, and colleagues have reported in the Journal of the American College of Radiology—but a lack of health literacy across the country is compromising the success of such an idea.

Radiologists and referring physicians prefer structured reports—and they present concrete advantages to free-text alternatives. Recent research showed structured reports can reduce errors, help standardize resident training and improve recall of important information.

Creating a specific report template for chest CT angiographic (CTA) examinations for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) helps radiologists provide clinicians with more information, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Public Health England (PHE) revealed last week that approximately 450,000 women around the age of 70 were not sent invitations to receive breast cancer screening due to an IT issue that was first identified in January. Since that news was announced, according to one PHE official, almost 14,000 women have reached out for more information.

In today’s era of quality over quantity, it’s important for radiologists to demonstrate their value by delivering high-quality radiology reports to clinicians. In some specialties, however, the clinicians don’t always necessarily view the full radiology reports or the images that accompany the reports.

Imaging reports may eat up the bulk of a radiologist’s day-to-day duties, but, according to a pair of Charlottesville, Virginia, clinicians, supplementing those reports with interactive multimedia could actually boost efficiency while adding value to conventional reporting.