Neonatal PACS snafu leads to notification software
July 23, 2015 -- Neonatal imaging exams are not the studies you want slipping through the cracks. After a PACS software upgrade caused a spike in report turnaround times for neonatal imaging studies, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital developed notification software to alert radiologists that these exams were ready to be read.
AHRA: Is clinical decision support a blessing or curse?
July 21, 2015 -- Imaging has been under scrutiny, with policymakers touting techniques such as prior authorization and clinical decision support (CDS) as ways to reduce inappropriate exams. But how effective are these techniques, particularly CDS? It's not yet clear, according to a presentation given this week at the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Mobile App Spotlight: Viewbox
June 23, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at Viewbox, an iPad app designed to help users view, organize, and present teaching file images from a variety of different sources.
Social media boosts awareness of new research
June 18, 2015 -- It can be hard for researchers to find the time to use social media. But if they want to broaden the reach of studies published in peer-reviewed journals, it's really worth the effort, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
PACS replaces planes for image transfer in Arctic
June 17, 2015 -- A remote spot in an eastern Arctic region of Canada that is closer to Greenland than Toronto has received its first CT scanner, as well as a PACS and satellite link to go with it. The new technologies are revolutionizing healthcare in the region, as images no longer need to be transported by cargo plane to the southern part of the country.
Radiologist decision support may cut unnecessary studies
June 11, 2015 -- So far, clinical decision support has been promoted as a tool for referring physicians, but what if it's used by radiologists? A decision-support tool that's readily available for radiologists when reading medical images can help them order more-appropriate follow-up exams, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
MDCT: 6 steps to better CT hanging protocols
June 10, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Are you still reading CT images off your PACS without hanging protocols? If so, that's like going through your email inbox without a spam filter, according to Dr. Jeffrey Mendel, who offered six tips for designing time-saving hanging protocols in a talk at the 2015 International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT).
Mobile App Spotlight: Cincinnati Children's Hospital
June 8, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at the CincyKidsRad hospital account on Figure 1, a popular medical image sharing community, that's run by the department of radiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Canadian group grapples with voice recognition errors
June 2, 2015 -- MONTREAL - Radiology reports generated by voice recognition software do not include many serious errors that could affect patient care, but they do have an aggravating number of minor inaccuracies, according to a study presented at a joint meeting of Canadian medical societies.
SIIM 2015: Most want photos to avoid patient ID errors
June 1, 2015 -- NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - Embedding patient photos into medical images has already been shown to prevent misidentification. Now, a new survey shows that the idea has broad support, although some radiologists have concerns about the practice, according to research presented on Saturday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
Special Feature

Mobile App Spotlight: Radiology Toolbox Pro
AuntMinnie.com is launching an ongoing series of articles that will highlight notable mobile apps in radiology. The first mobile app we're spotlighting is Radiology Toolbox Pro, designed to serve as an "ectopic brain" for radiology, with handy references such as management criteria for a number of conditions, as well as calculators and charts. Click here
Conferences
PACS Administrator Course: Training in Imaging Informatics
August 24-28
Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States