HIMSS: Cleveland Clinic takes enterprise view of imaging
February 22, 2012 -- LAS VEGAS - To provide enterprise-wide access to all forms of medical imaging, the Cleveland Clinic has embarked on an initiative to centralize management and access to all images generated in its healthcare system. Attendees learned about the effort at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting under way this week.
Mammography reduces breast cancer mortality in younger women
February 22, 2012 -- Mammography-detected breast cancers are found earlier, with reduced mortality in women between the ages of 40 and 49, according to a study in the March issue of Radiology. The study adds another dimension of benefit for women and their doctors to consider when making the decision to participate in a screening program at a younger age.
HIMSS survey: IT staffing, security challenge hospitals
February 21, 2012 -- Hospital IT departments are under escalating pressure to achieve stage 1 meaningful use of electronic health records and convert to the new ICD-10 medical reimbursement code, according to results of the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Leadership Survey.
7T MRI protocol shows brain plaques in MS patients
February 21, 2012 -- A new study published online February 20 in Archives of Neurology suggests that 7-tesla MRI with a specialized protocol is highly sensitive for detecting plaques in white and gray brain matter in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
MRI for knee pain changes diagnosis, management
February 21, 2012 -- Knee MRI scans often change clinical diagnosis and patient management -- especially when patients present with lateral joint line pain and/or tenderness -- while also improving diagnostic confidence, according to research presented earlier this month at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting.
Mob rule: VC results from 'crowdsourcing' competitive with CAD
February 20, 2012 -- Can computer workers without medical training distinguish true polyps from false ones as effectively as virtual colonoscopy computer-aided detection (CAD) software? Actually, they do almost as well as CAD -- and sometimes better -- according to a study of Web-based "crowdsourcing" applied to polyp classification.
DTI-MRI shows brain differences in infants who develop autism
February 17, 2012 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI), researchers have discovered significant differences in early brain development in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared with those who do not develop the disorder, according to a study published online February 17 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Vining aims to change radiology's perspective with ViSion
February 17, 2012 -- Dr. David Vining hopes that lightning can strike a third time. The radiologist who pioneered virtual colonoscopy and structured reporting is working on a new endeavor, called ViSion, that he hopes will take multimedia structured reporting to the next level, ultimately becoming radiology's version of Facebook.
The Profit Center: Part 24 -- Shadow your competition
February 17, 2012 -- In this latest Profit Center installment, healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss discusses how to uncover weaknesses in your contracts and relationships -- before your competitors do it for you.
Siemens, Dell form alliance for cloud-based archiving
February 16, 2012 -- Two industry heavyweights are joining forces in cloud-based archiving on the eve of next week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting in Las Vegas. Siemens Healthcare and Dell plan to announce an alliance to jointly deliver a cloud-based, vendor-neutral image archiving and sharing service.
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