Technology Management

We’ve all seen the news stories and journal articles that warn of radiology’s demise at the hands of machine learning—heck, I’ve written about some of them myself—but the results of a recent patient survey should make radiologists feel good about the future of their profession. 

Radiology is one of the cornerstones of modern healthcare, but according to a new analysis published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, machine learning could potentially end the specialty as we know it within the next decade. 

Changes to the worldwide supply chain of molybdenum-99 could lead to drastic shortages of a nuclear medicine tracer over the next 18 months, according to a U.S. National Academy of Sciences report. The National Research Universal reactor in Ontario will shut down at the end of October, and while global supply will be “adequate," the reports judges a 50 percent chance of a substantial shortage until other suppliers complete upgrades.

A team of researchers in Berlin saw that high costs and a complex manufacturing process were limiting the use of anthropomorphic phantoms of patients in radiology. There must be more affordable and efficient way, they thought. 

New York-based DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Grid, makers of a cloud-based, medical imaging software, is rebranding itself as Ambra Health and appointing a new chief employee with the help of a $6 million fundraising gift.

Doctors are one step closer to diagnosing and treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), thanks to an innovative imaging strategy developed at UCLA and UCSF. Researchers found a tentative link between brain shrinkage and CTE, using a volumetric MRI program called Neuroreader.

According to a new study published by Academic Radiology, breast dose from 64-slice CT studies are mainly dependent on the protocol when breasts are entirely included in the primary x-ray field; when breasts are just partially included in that primary x-ray field, however, dose is dependent on both the type of scanner being used and the protocol. 

Reducing radiation dose is one of the biggest topics in modern medical imaging, and it’s something Dominic Siewko, Philips’ radiation health and safety officer, has specialized in for a number of years now.

Researchers believe diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) has potential as a “rapid supplemental screening tool,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Their findings show that DWI can help radiologists see mammographically occult cancers in at-risk women with dense breasts.

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Sheryl Crow has also played an active role in promoting women’s health, and Hologic announced in June that she was serving as a national spokesperson for the company’s Genius 3D MAMMOGRAPHY exam. Crow took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for Radiology Business. 

A new study in Radiology found that a new method of MRI analysis can help predict just how severe prostate cancer may be, even before surgery allows for a physical look at the cancer.

It’s no secret that social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become a significant part of our daily lives. In radiology, social media’s impact has been equally widespread, and it continues to evolve.