Doctors beat computers in head-to-head diagnostic test October 12, 2016 -- Artificial intelligence may be the future of healthcare, but it's not there yet. That could be the lesson from a head-to-head test that pitted a group of internal medicine physicians against a commonly used symptom-checker app for diagnosing a set of clinical conditions.
IBM Watson unites with Siemens in population health play October 11, 2016 -- Two corporate giants are joining forces in an aggressive bid to make big-data analysis a reality for managing population health. IBM has signed an agreement with Siemens Healthineers that makes its Watson Health artificial intelligence technology available to Siemens customers.
Reject analysis program slashes unusable DR studies October 11, 2016 -- Researchers from the University of Chicago were able to cut their reject rate for digital radiography (DR) studies by almost 50% through an aggressive program of reject analysis and radiologic technologist education. However, they found their efforts hampered by the lack of an industry-standard terminology for rejected DR studies.
Patients want radiologists reading their exams October 10, 2016 -- Despite suggestions that other medical professionals should be able to order and interpret imaging exams, patients would prefer that radiologists interpret their studies, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
How to avoid radiology claim denials: Medical necessity October 7, 2016 -- What's the best way to avoid payor denials for radiology services? In the next article in a series on claim denials, Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers tips on how your staff can avoid denials through better documentation of medical necessity.
Success of urgent neck CTA rests on patient selection October 7, 2016 -- The usefulness of neck CT angiography (CTA) in trauma cases is restricted by its cost, radiation dose, and contrast side effects, so careful clinical evaluation of potential candidates based on the internationally accepted criteria is essential, according to new research.
Contrast US boosts diagnostic power of breast ultrasound October 6, 2016 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Head CT algorithm a step toward faster stroke care October 6, 2016 -- Using automated software to interpret head CT scans could someday slash the time emergency doctors need to start clot-busting treatments in cases of suspected ischemic stroke, according to a method proposed in a SPIE Newsroom technical article.
Will machine learning turn radiologists into losers? October 5, 2016 -- Machine learning will "displace much of the work of radiologists" and other physicians who rely on interpreting digitized images, according to an opinion article published September 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.