Software extracts ROI values on PACS viewers August 18, 2014 -- Optical character recognition software can automatically and reliably capture region-of-interest (ROI) values from images displayed on PACS viewers, potentially yielding significant time savings for radiologists, according to research published online in Academic Radiology.
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Siemens to sell Health Services to Cerner August 6, 2014 -- Siemens Healthcare has agreed to sell its Health Services business to healthcare information systems firm Cerner for $1.3 billion in cash, transforming the face of healthcare IT by combining the two companies' workforces to become the largest provider in the field.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Will PACS survive? July 31, 2014 -- I have been asked time and again if PACS can survive as its own health IT discipline, and I always answer, "Yes, it can." Will it survive, though, is another question entirely, and one that has no easy or clear-cut answer.
JAMA: Interstate medical licenses would boost telemedicine July 29, 2014 -- A proposal that would make it easier for physicians to get medical licenses across state lines could potentially boost access to care in underserved areas and stimulate the growth of telemedicine, according to a column published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Decision support helps radiologists suggest follow-up imaging July 28, 2014 -- Radiologists often discover incidental findings during image interpretation, but it's not always easy to ascertain which follow-up studies, if any, should be suggested. Decision-support software can be a huge help, according to Dr. Sanjay Saini of Massachusetts General Hospital.
AAPM: Radiomics helps fine-tune radiation therapy dose July 24, 2014 -- By extracting statistical information and other measurements from PET images using a data analysis technique called radiomics, researchers have developed a way to determine radiation therapy dose more accurately, according to a study presented this week at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.
MedXT leverages consumer IT for cloud-based RIS/PACS July 21, 2014 -- A number of imaging pundits over the years have wistfully wondered why advances in consumer-oriented information technologies aren't applied more broadly to imaging informatics. San Francisco start-up MedXT hopes to bridge that technology gap with its cloud-based RIS/PACS software.
What kind of after-hours imaging service do ED docs want? July 9, 2014 -- Emergency department (ED) physicians increasingly want off-hours imaging scans interpreted via final reads from attending radiologists rather than preliminary reads from residents. And more of them are getting their way, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Automated algorithms help spot change in serial CT exams July 7, 2014 -- Most PACS vendors don't include automatic deformable image registration algorithms in their workstation software. But they should, as these can sharply reduce the time it takes for radiologists to match lung nodule locations on serial lung CT scans, according to researchers from Stony Brook Medicine.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.