Straight Talk From the PACSman: A PACS-centric RSNA?
October 21, 2016 -- It's time to change how PACS is shown at the annual RSNA meeting in Chicago, according to PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman. Vendors and prospective purchasers alike would benefit greatly from an exhibit hall dedicated just to PACS and related imaging informatics technologies.
Doctors beat computers in head-to-head diagnostic test
October 12, 2016 -- Artificial intelligence may be the future of healthcare, but it's not there yet. That could be the lesson from a head-to-head test that pitted a group of internal medicine physicians against a commonly used symptom-checker app for diagnosing a set of clinical conditions.
IBM Watson unites with Siemens in population health play
October 11, 2016 -- Two corporate giants are joining forces in an aggressive bid to make big-data analysis a reality for managing population health. IBM has signed an agreement with Siemens Healthineers that makes its Watson Health artificial intelligence technology available to Siemens customers.
Will machine learning turn radiologists into losers?
October 5, 2016 -- Machine learning will "displace much of the work of radiologists" and other physicians who rely on interpreting digitized images, according to an opinion article published September 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The 3 biggest threats to radiology
October 3, 2016 -- Radiology has long been an attractive field for physicians-in-training, with its generous salaries, (relatively) low rates of malpractice claims, and the consistent challenge of technological advances. But the field faces at least three threats going forward, according to an article published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Machine learning may aid reading of thyroid ultrasound
September 27, 2016 -- Can machine-learning techniques perform better than a radiologist in differentiating between malignant and thyroid nodules on ultrasound? It depends on the experience level of the radiologist, according to research published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Mobile App Spotlight: RADiDOC
September 16, 2016 -- presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at RADiDOC, an iOS app designed to serve as a personal radiation safety digital assistant.
DICOM Grid rebrands as Ambra with eye on VNA market
September 13, 2016 -- Cloud-based software developer DICOM Grid has changed its name to Ambra Health and announced plans to grow from its roots as a provider of image exchange technology into a full-fledged participant in the burgeoning vendor-neutral archive (VNA) sector.
PACS brings improved quality of care to Laos hospital
September 8, 2016 -- With so many other pressing healthcare priorities, resource-strapped hospitals in developing countries may consider PACS to be out of their reach. But if the experience of one Laotian hospital is any indication, it may be well worth the investment.
Smartphone app enables remote surgical consultations
September 1, 2016 -- If necessary, can on-call spine surgeons make good decisions about whether or not to operate on a thoracolumbar spine fracture just by viewing video clips of CT images on a smartphone app? Yes, they can, according to research from an Israeli group published online recently in the Spine Journal.
CIO Focus
SIIM: Will your VNA become the flip phone of the future?
PORTLAND, OR - Could your vendor-neutral archive (VNA) someday become the equivalent of the Motorola Razr flip phone -- a once-cool technology that fails to change with the times? Make sure it doesn't, according to a Thursday panel at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2016 meeting.
Expert Corner
Mr. Michael Cannavo
Mr. Michael Cannavo
As the PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo provides a wealth of insight based on his unique experiences in PACS and imaging informatics.