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PACS Paradigm Shift: Part 2 -- VNAs, viewers, and radiology PACS
September 29, 2014 -- In part 2 of his series on enterprise medical image viewing, healthcare IT expert Michael Gray discusses the effect of vendor-neutral archives (VNAs) and universal viewers on the current image management paradigm, which has resulted in what he describes as the "step-by-step dismemberment" of traditional radiology-oriented PACS.
Repetitive strain injury common among breast imagers
September 26, 2014 -- Almost 60% of breast imaging radiologists experience repetitive strain injury, and their symptoms are exacerbated by the use of PACS, longer work hours, higher imaging volumes, and pressure to submit reports quickly, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MDCT study ties aortic calcification to mortality
September 26, 2014 -- Both total aortic calcium load and calcium density measured by MDCT are associated with increased mortality risk, according to a new study in the September 23 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Choosing Wisely boosts use of short-course breast radiation therapy
September 25, 2014 -- The use of short-course radiation therapy protocols for breast cancer more than doubled after the American Society for Radiation Oncology recommended that shorter regimens be considered as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. Still, shorter protocols are not common in the U.S., even though they may be preferred by patients.
JAMA: PET falls short in areas with widespread lung disease
September 25, 2014 -- A new study in the September 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that FDG-PET has sharply lower specificity for diagnosing lung cancer in geographic regions where infectious lung disease is common. The findings could affect how PET is used for following up CT lung screening studies.
New studies underline promise of digital breast tomosynthesis
September 25, 2014 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is superior to conventional digital mammography when detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, according to research presented at this month's International Congress of Radiology. DBT also has an edge for the characterization of masses.
Big data in radiology will drive personalized patient care
September 24, 2014 -- Dynamically mining big data in radiology will help radiologists make more intelligent, consistent, and logical decisions and facilitate more personalized and precise recommendations for patient care, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel of the University of Maryland.
PACS Paradigm Shift: Part 1 -- Problems with today's PACS
September 24, 2014 -- Healthcare delivery organizations are experiencing a paradigm shift from departmental views of medical images -- typically seen in radiology and cardiology -- to a single, enterprise view that encompasses all medical images. In this article, healthcare IT expert Michael Gray explores some of the challenges that these changes present.
Survey: Patients unfazed by false positives on CTC exams
September 24, 2014 -- In a new survey, patients said they believe the benefits of having a malignancy detected on colon screening exams more than outweigh the drawbacks of a false positive, even if it would lead to unnecessary imaging or invasive follow-up, according to an article published in the October issue of Radiology.
Philips plans split into 2 companies
September 23, 2014 -- Philips Healthcare parent Royal Philips plans to combine its healthcare and consumer lifestyle activities into a new company called HealthTech. As part of the strategic reorganization, Royal Philips' lighting business will also become its own company.
Meet the Minnies 2014 finalists
September 23, 2014 -- Want to know who remains in the running for the Minnies, AuntMinnie.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging? Our final list includes 30 candidates competing in 15 categories, from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Radiology Image.
Irish radiology department finds it's not easy being green
September 23, 2014 -- A new survey found that radiology staff members at a hospital in Ireland were reluctant to take simple actions that could save thousands of dollars in energy costs. Administrators may therefore need to take more extreme actions, such as programming computers to automatically go into sleep mode overnight, to wring out cost savings.
ASNC: Should nuclear technologists read SPECT MPI scans?
September 22, 2014 -- BOSTON - Nuclear medicine technologists were nearly as accurate as cardiologists in reading stress-first SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) studies, according to research presented at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) meeting. The study hints at a role for technologists in determining which patients could avoid the rest portion of the scans.
Big spectral CT project launches in New Zealand
September 22, 2014 -- You've heard of dual-energy CT, but how about eight-energy CT? That's the goal of researchers in New Zealand, who this month received funding for a project to build a CT scanner capable of detecting eight different energies at once in scans of humans. They hope the new spectral scanner will offer functional imaging that is unprecedented for CT, with a lower radiation dose to boot.
Sandy's silver lining: Hurricane creates impetus for change
September 19, 2014 -- NEW YORK CITY - Hurricane Sandy was a catastrophic event for New York City, but it did have a silver lining for NYU Langone Medical Center's radiology department. With help from informatics, the storm precipitated significant and lasting workflow and quality improvements, according to a Thursday talk at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
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