Straight Talk From the PACSman: PACS and proverbs
November 19, 2015 -- Is it ever OK for salespeople to withhold information that could make a difference in meeting customers' needs? Is it the vendor's responsibility to ask all the right questions, or the end user's? PACSman Michael J. Cannavo ponders these questions and more in his latest article.
Forget Watson -- it's the pigeons you should worry about
November 18, 2015 -- If you think artificial intelligence could replace radiologists someday, there may be a new menace: It turns out that pigeons can distinguish benign from malignant tissue and identify certain cancer features with similar accuracy as their human counterparts, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
CMS pushes back deadline for imaging decision support
November 11, 2015 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed its January 1, 2017, deadline for physicians to start ordering advanced imaging studies with clinical decision-support software that is based on appropriate use criteria.
Medical groups rebel against meaningful use HIT program
November 5, 2015 -- The American Medical Association and 110 other medical associations have asked U.S. lawmakers to intervene in the meaningful use program before physicians decide to no longer participate in the initiative, designed to spur the adoption of healthcare IT.
U.S. government finalizes meaningful use regulations
October 8, 2015 -- With the goal of making its meaningful use IT stimulus initiative simpler and more flexible for providers, the U.S. government has issued final rules for its incentive and certification program for electronic health record software.
Dig deep with data analytics to improve imaging quality
October 5, 2015 -- Sure, your radiology department tracks statistics such as report turnaround time and imaging volume. But is that enough? Not if you want to flourish in a future that emphasizes value over volume, according to a presentation at the recent New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium in New York City.
Big data needs human touch to work in healthcare
October 2, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Big data is widely thought to be the future of healthcare. But despite the awesome potential of computer intelligence, data analytics will fall short in medicine if it's not guided by human oversight and interpretation, according to a panel discussion at this week's Minds + Machines event hosted by GE Healthcare.
Tackling medicolegal concerns in PACS: Part 2
September 23, 2015 -- To keep or not to keep? The question of whether or not to retain the markings produced by mammography computer-aided detection software to highlight suspicious findings could have important medicolegal implications, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel.
Tackling medicolegal concerns in PACS: Part 1
September 22, 2015 -- NEW YORK CITY - Who really "owns" medical images? And why isn't image compression used more often? These are a few of the questions addressed by Dr. Eliot Siegel in a talk on Monday at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium, which we're covering in a two-part series on medicolegal concerns in PACS.
Structured reporting improves quality of MRI reports
September 10, 2015 -- While some traditions should be valued and retained, the old standard free-text radiology report might not be one of them. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, a structured reporting template yielded a significant improvement in the quality of MRI reports for the crucial task of staging rectal cancer.
Special Feature

Mobile App Spotlight: Diagnostic Imaging Pathways
In this installment of AuntMinnie's Mobile App Spotlight series, we take a look at the Diagnostic Imaging Pathways (DIP) iOS app, which provides mobile access to the DIP online imaging decision-support and educational tool developed in Australia. Click here.