SIIM 2015: Data Fish catches image samples for research
May 28, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - A new data-mining algorithm goes beyond the capabilities of most software applications to unearth subtle imaging findings in vast PACS databases, and could be beneficial for research applications, according to a presentation on Thursday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2015 annual meeting.
SIIM 2015: Imaging informatics has role in new healthcare
May 28, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - In a turbulent healthcare environment rife with consolidation, standardization, and integration, imaging informatics professionals have much to offer, consultant Donald Dennison told attendees on Thursday during the opening session of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
When it comes to mammo, rads practice what they preach
May 28, 2015 -- Despite an ongoing, heated debate over when women should start breast cancer screening, more than 97% of radiologists continue to advocate having yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. What's more, they follow that counsel themselves, according to a study published in the June edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
How to make VNA lemonade from stage 2 MU's lemons
May 28, 2015 -- For many healthcare organizations, the stage 2 meaningful use (MU) criteria will mean some heavy lifting for the folks tasked with managing diagnostic images and integrating them with electronic health records. But there is lemonade to be made from what feels like lemons to many chief information officers through the creation of a community-based image archive.
DTI-MRI may identify early onset of Alzheimer's disease
May 27, 2015 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) to identify damaged white matter in the brain may help identify the early onset of Alzheimer's disease, as well as the start of two atypical forms of the condition, according to a new study published online May 27 in Radiology.
Overcoming 10 barriers to happiness as a radiologist
May 26, 2015 -- Radiology's glory days are in the past, and today's radiologists face a variety of professional and economic pressures. But radiologists are misguided to dwell on issues outside of their control, according to Flounce, one of the more sagacious participants in the AuntMinnie.com Forums, who offers a prescription for overcoming the 10 barriers to happiness in radiology.
Better mammography quality is focus of IOM workshop
May 26, 2015 -- How can the quality of mammography interpretation be improved? That question was the subject of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) earlier this month in Washington, DC. The meeting indicates that mammography quality remains a vexing issue, 10 years after the U.S. Congress reauthorized the Mammography Quality Standards Act.
Autosegmentation algorithm tackles array of brain tumors
May 22, 2015 -- A new algorithm for automatically segmenting image data delivers fast and reproducible volumes of a wide variety of tumors, satisfying a significant unmet need in neuro-oncology, according to a new study in Academic Radiology. A panel of readers gave the algorithm high marks for how well it approximated manual data segmentation methods.
ACR 2015: Bedside US may not capture whole picture in ER
May 21, 2015 -- Emergency room (ER) physicians often perform bedside obstetric ultrasound studies on first-trimester patients in the ER, but these patients should also receive radiology ultrasound scans to avoid potentially dangerous missed diagnoses, according to research from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
US surveillance of HCC subject to image quality issues
May 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound may be the imaging modality of choice for surveillance of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in high-risk patients, but variance in exam quality can be a big problem, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego.