Imaging Informatics

Using clinical decision support (CDS) to send primary care providers (PCPs) personalized report cards evaluating their ordering decisions can reduce outpatient lumbar spine (LS) MRI orders for lower back pain (LBP), according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Imaging clinical decision support has long been widely considered a “when, not if” technology. But the smart money says to hold off at least a while longer before declaring the coast completely clear. What’s the holdup? In a word, complexity.

Diagnostic certainty phrases (DCPs) are common in radiology reports, helping the radiologist convey certainty in an imaging finding or its clinical significance. According to a new study published in Academic Radiology, however, radiologists use a wide variety of DCPs, and reducing this variation could improve the overall quality of radiology reports.

Point-of-care photographs obtained at the same time as medical imaging studies can be helpful for radiology providers. According to a new perspective piece published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, however, specialists should still make sure they do their homework before using such photographs in their practice.

Radiologist Paul Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago, began his presentation Tuesday, Nov. 27, at RSNA 2018 by saying radiologists were in need of a reality check when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI).

Medical imaging equipment is highly susceptible to cyberattacks, putting hospitals and imaging centers at a serious risk of losing functionality of those systems and even having data stolen by an outside entity. This concerning issue is the focus of two studies being presented at RSNA 2018 in Chicago.

Patient-centric radiology is critical to providing high-quality patient care, and radiologists are beginning to take note. Olga R. Brook, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, will be discussing patient-centric radiology Thursday, Nov. 29, at RSNA 2018 in Chicago.

Radiologists working in specialized cancer centers exhibit the same efficacy in interpreting lung CTs as their counterparts working in non-specialized institutions, researchers reported in Clinical Radiology this month, suggesting large-scale lung screening efforts are likely diagnostically sound.

Monthly conference compliance reviews could improve unprompted adverse event (AE) reporting among interventional radiologists, according to a Penn Medicine study published Nov. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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With RSNA 2018 rapidly approaching, Signify Research has published a new report on the trends expected to steal the show. And, yes, artificial intelligence (AI) seems like an obvious choice for No. 1, but the report suggests another top trend: efficiency.

The idea of implementing a “deconstructed PACS”—using multiple vendors for key solutions such as your PACS, VNA and viewers—was gaining huge momentum among imaging providers as recently as a few years ago. Now, however, providers are moving away from a best-of-breed approach to its imaging solutions and embracing a single-source approach.