PACS downtime plan improves business continuity, uptime
June 20, 2013 -- Nobody likes downtime, particularly with a critical system such as PACS. But the effect of PACS outages has been significantly lessened at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, which adopted a new comprehensive business continuity process based on a dedicated backup PACS that's only used during downtime.
MDCT: Stroke treatment question answered in CT of insula
June 19, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - To treat or not to treat? Boston researchers are increasingly confident that they can predict treatment outcomes in patients with ischemic stroke of the middle cerebral artery by measuring infarct size in the insula at CT, according to a presentation at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
MDCT: iPad triggers rapid changes in radiology
June 19, 2013 -- For a relatively young technology, Apple's iPad has already wrought huge changes in radiology, affecting education, image viewing, and interactions with referring physicians, Dr. Elliot Fishman told attendees on Tuesday at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in Washington, DC.
MDCT: Informatics can help evaluate CT image quality
June 18, 2013 -- Radiology has made great progress in the science of improving CT image quality and controlling radiation dose, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel. Imaging informatics can help put this science into clinical practice, he said on Monday at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in Washington, DC.
MRI links abdominal aortic plaque with cardiovascular events
June 18, 2013 -- MRI measurements of the amount of plaque in the abdominal aorta and the thickness of its wall are associated with future cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack or stroke, according to a study published online June 18 in Radiology.
MDCT: Radiologists should control radiation dose discussion
June 17, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, DC - For the past 10 years, the potential harms of medical radiation have often been overblown, scaring patients away from necessary scans. It's time to start talking about the benefits, according to the opening talk by Dr. U. Joseph Schoepf at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Talking to your patients: A manifesto on image sharing
June 17, 2013 -- The era of patient interaction is coming, but are radiologists prepared? Dr. Sam Friedman, also known as the Dalai Lama of PACS, isn't so sure. Read some of his insights on why and how radiologists need to start sharing images.
Paging system accelerates clinician access to medical images
June 17, 2013 -- Knowledge is power, or least it was recently at an Australian hospital: Researchers there found that paging referring physicians to tell them their images were available in the PACS dramatically decreased the time between when studies were ready and when they were viewed.
Postmortem CT, 3D touchscreen table aid virtual autopsy
June 14, 2013 -- Postmortem CT can be an invaluable autopsy planning tool. With the help of a life-sized, 3D-enabled touchscreen table, pathologists can also view and manipulate images in 3D modes to locate pathology, perform virtual dissections, and decide on the best autopsy approach.
JACR: Proposed Medicare cuts threaten radiology training
June 14, 2013 -- Just as healthcare reform is increasing the need for new skills to be incorporated into graduate medical education curricula, Medicare budget cuts threaten to undercut the federal support that covers most of the cost of medical residencies, according to a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.