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By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 7, 2016

Our next destination on the Road to RSNA is a stop in healthcare IT for a preview of this year's presentations on radiation dose monitoring software, reporting, and other analytics topics.

Radiation dose monitoring will again be an important area of emphasis at this year's RSNA 2016 meeting. Researchers will come to Chicago ready to discuss, for example, how automatic measurement of patient anatomical landmarks by radiation dose monitoring software paves the way for patient-specific organ dosimetry.

Attendees will also be able to hear about the value of personalized feedback on radiation dose to patients and staff during image-guided interventions, and how dose-monitoring software led presenters to conclude that CT diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) should be based on clinical indication instead of anatomical region.

Investigators are also continuing to seek enhancements in areas related to radiology reporting. For example, a team found that failure by referring physicians to include a meaningful exam order significantly increased the risk of hedging language being included in radiology reports.

Other talks at McCormick Place will discuss how a mobile dictation app can decrease reporting time, how DICOM enhancements can benefit reporting of prostate multiparametric MRI studies, and how radiologists need to work on communicating more clearly and effectively now that patients are increasingly reading their radiology reports. A keynote presentation will also explore whether radiologists should be responsible for closing the loop on follow-up recommendations in their reports.

Speaking of patients, radiologists need to pay attention to their online patient rating, according to one scientific presentation at RSNA 2016. Another talk will share what patients want from their MRI experience.

In other analytics-oriented presentations, researchers will describe how unconscious brain processes may help improve image interpretations and how simulations and machine-learning technology can help optimize utilization of MRI scanners. Another group will assess the impact of telephone interruptions to radiologists.

In developments in clinical decision support (CDS), researchers found that CDS can significantly lower the number of inappropriate imaging studies ordered for emergency department (ED) patients with lower back pain.

See below for previews of these and other healthcare IT-related scientific papers at RSNA 2016. Of course, these are just a sample of the content on offer; a host of refresher courses and educational exhibits also await those who make the trip to the Windy City. For more information on those talks and other abstracts in this year's scientific and educational program, click here.

If you haven't already, please also check out our related Road to RSNA Imaging Informatics Preview for our coverage of PACS, deep learning, and teleradiology. Our Advanced Visualization section on Tuesday will highlight 3D and computer-aided detection (CAD) topics.

Scientific and Educational Presentations
Are CT reports transferred with trauma patients unreliable?
Sunday, November 27 | 10:45 a.m.-10:55 a.m. | SSA06-01 | Room N226
Radiologists from a level I trauma center wondered if the CT reports they were getting for patients transferred to their emergency department were accurate. Their six-month investigation didn't deliver much confidence in the original reads.
Anatomical landmarks yield patient-specific organ dose
Sunday, November 27 | 11:25 a.m.-11:35 a.m. | SSA21-05 | Room S404AB
In this talk, researchers will describe how automatic measurements of patient anatomical landmarks by radiation dose-monitoring software can pave the way for patient-specific organ dosimetry.
Dose-monitoring software tracks lowered patient dose
Sunday, November 27 | 11:45 a.m.-11:55 a.m. | SSA21-07 | Room S404AB
Researchers will show in this scientific presentation how they used automated dose-monitoring software to confirm that their new CT scanner offered significantly lower radiation dose for patients.
DRLs should be tied to clinical indication, not anatomy
Monday, November 28 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSE21-01 | Room S403A
A group from Switzerland used dose-monitoring software to conclude that CT diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) should be based on clinical indication, rather than anatomical region.
Decision support can help reduce inappropriate ED lower-back imaging
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | SSG06-01 | Room S102D
Clinical decision support can significantly reduce the number of inappropriate imaging studies ordered for patients in the emergency department (ED) with lower-back pain, researchers from Canada have found.
Lack of exam reason increases radiologist hedging
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. | SSG07-01 | Room S402AB
Referring physicians' failure to include a meaningful reason for ordering an imaging exam significantly increases the likelihood that radiologists will include hedging language in their reports, according to this study.
Natural language processing, machine learning extract acute findings on reports
Tuesday, November 29 | 10:50 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | SSG07-03 | Room S402AB
In this presentation, researchers will share how natural language processing and machine-learning technology can extract acute findings from radiology reports.
Radiologists should pay attention to online ratings
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSG06-04 | Room S102D
This Tuesday morning session will address how radiologists need to take steps to ensure that they score well on patient rating websites.
For patients' sake, radiology reports must be clear
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:20 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | SSG07-06 | Room S402AB
With more and more patients reading their radiology reports, radiologists need to work on communicating exam results more clearly and effectively, according to this scientific presentation.
What do patients want from their MRI experience?
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | SSG06-08 | Room S102D
After conducting more than 6,500 patient surveys, researchers from Brown University have learned a few lessons on what drives patient satisfaction with their MRI exam.
DICOM enhancements benefit prostate multiparametric MRI
Tuesday, November 29 | 11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. | SSG07-08 | Room S402AB
In this session, medical informatics expert Dr. David Clunie will describe how precise anatomical information on prostate multiparametric MRI can now be encoded in DICOM Structured Reports and Segmentation objects.
Mobile dictation app may cut report turnaround time
Tuesday, November 29 | 3:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m. | SSJ13-01 | Room S402AB
In this scientific session, researchers will discuss how a mobile app for signing off on radiology reports may be able to reduce turnaround time.
Analytics helps spot risk for missed appointments
Tuesday, November 29 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSJ13-04 | Room S402AB
In this session, researchers will describe how predictive analytics can help identify patients who may be at higher risk for missing their radiology appointment.
Simulations, neural network optimize MRI utilization
Tuesday, November 29 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSJ13-06 | Room S402AB
Researchers will detail in this presentation how they applied a simulation platform and machine learning to optimize utilization of their MRI scanners.
Should radiologists close the loop on their recommendations?
Wednesday, November 30 | 3:50 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | SSM11-06 | Room S102D
In this keynote presentation, Dr. Annette Johnson of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will make the case that radiologists should own the process of closing the loop on their follow-up imaging recommendations.
Personalized feedback aids radiation safety awareness
Thursday, December 1 | 10:40 a.m.-10:50 a.m. | SSQ20-02 | Room N227B
Personalized feedback can increase awareness of radiation dose to both patients and medical staff during image-guided interventions, according to this Thursday talk.
Can unconscious brain processes improve imaging reads?
Thursday, December 1 | 11:10 a.m.-11:20 a.m. | SSQ10-05 | Room S403A
In this scientific presentation, researchers will describe how radiologists' performance could be improved by tapping into their unconscious brain processes.
RadLex extension enables better radiation dose tracking
Thursday, December 1 | 11:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m. | SSQ10-07 | Room S403A
In this talk, researchers will share how their proposed extension to the RadLex Playbook allows for comparisons of radiation dose on both an indication and series level.
How costly are telephone interruptions to radiologists?
Thursday, December 1 | 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | SSQ10-09 | Room S403A
Telephone calls that interrupt radiologists result in much longer interpretation times and search-pattern failure, according to this new study.