Box targets cloud-based image sharing with bid for MedXT
October 16, 2014 -- Market interest in cloud-based image sharing has drawn the attention of cloud storage provider Box. Continuing its expansion into healthcare, Box has moved to acquire cloud-based RIS/PACS software developer MedXT.
New Qatar hospital will pursue point-of-care radiology
October 15, 2014 -- Western radiologists who want to raise their visibility to patients and referring physicians would do well to look east -- specifically, the Middle East. A new hospital set to open in Qatar in 2015 hopes to change the traditional department-based radiology model by embedding radiologists directly in clinical areas.
MRI shows baseball's wear on teenage shoulders
October 14, 2014 -- It may be America's pastime, but baseball is causing a range of health issues in the young athletes who play it. In a new study published online October 14 in Radiology, MR images revealed abnormal shoulder development and potential long-term issues in male and female teenagers who threw a baseball more than 100 times a week.
JAMA IM editorials weigh in on lung cancer screening
October 13, 2014 -- With Medicare on the cusp of a momentous decision about whether to pay for CT lung cancer screening, the issue is the focus of a pair of editorials published October 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Taking opposite sides, the articles one last time outline positions that have become solidified as the U.S. government weighs what could be one of the biggest public health initiatives in decades.
CT hits the road in Houston with stroke ambulance project
October 13, 2014 -- Houston doctors have launched a CT-equipped mobile stroke unit to start clot-busting treatment sooner after 911 is called. The University of Texas team also hopes to learn whether patients have better long-term outcomes when they're treated sooner rather than later.
Study: Overuse of cardiac imaging adds to health costs
October 13, 2014 -- A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has concluded that the overuse of cardiac stress testing with medical imaging has contributed to rising healthcare costs.
Bracco gets FDA nod for ultrasound contrast agent
October 10, 2014 -- A third contestant has joined the U.S. market for ultrasound contrast agents: On Friday, Bracco Diagnostics received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its Lumason ultrasound contrast agent. The approval marks the end of a long odyssey for Bracco in its efforts to bring the agent to market.
Surgical planning 'cave' highlights advanced imaging
October 10, 2014 -- Researchers at Houston Methodist Hospital are using a high-tech surgical planning room they call Plato's Cave to get the most out of their multimodality radiologic images. The Texas-sized cave helps surgeons prepare for their most challenging cases by revealing the anatomic relationships that are key to their decision-making.
PACS Paradigm Shift: Part 3 -- The advent of PACS 3.0
October 9, 2014 -- In the final article in his series on enterprise medical image viewing, healthcare IT expert Michael Gray describes the PACS 3.0 concept and explores the benefits of making the switch to this new PACS model.
RSNA to show x-ray 'nature scenes' by Dutch medical physicist
October 9, 2014 -- What happens if you combine x-rays, creatures large and small, and a diorama? You get a "biorama," as Dutch medical physicist and artist Arie van 't Riet, PhD, has termed his images. His artwork will be shown at the upcoming RSNA 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.