The 2013 PACSman Awards: Coming out of the dark December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - After a two-year hiatus, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo is back with his PACSman Awards, which take a light-hearted look at what the many vendors had to offer at this week's RSNA 2013 show.
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Straight Talk From the PACSman: The Swiffer approach to RSNA November 25, 2013 -- To the uninitiated, attending the RSNA conference can be overwhelming. In his latest column, the PACSman -- Mike Cannavo -- thinks RSNA attendees looking to acquire PACS technology can learn a lot from marketing campaigns for Swiffer, the amazing household cleaning product.
House subcommittee mulls new approach to mobile app regulation November 20, 2013 -- The debate over how best to regulate mobile medical apps reached the halls of the U.S. Congress this week as representatives sparred over a proposed bill that could strip the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its authority to regulate many types of app software.
Radiology can benefit from mobile computing in myriad ways November 15, 2013 -- Mobile computing technologies have the potential to reshape the practice of radiology, touching on areas such as interactions with referring physicians and other radiologists, image acquisition and transmission, education, and even patient care, according to an article in the December issue of Academic Radiology.
Radiologists can fight reading fatigue with a few steps November 13, 2013 -- Feeling a little tired from your long image reading session? You're not the only one. But you may be able to reduce fatigue by wearing contact lenses instead of glasses, brightening up the reading room, and viewing images on the right type of LCD monitor, Japanese researchers have concluded.
Vendor-neutral archives: Strategy for health info exchange October 25, 2013 -- Today's health data are fragmented and coveted. Patient medical information and assets (medical images, medications, etc.) are not patient-centric, but more often health system-centric. That can change thanks to vendor-neutral archives, according to Ifetayo Freeman of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting.
Ambient light rapidly degrades image quality on mobile devices October 18, 2013 -- Maybe there's a reason radiologists work in dark rooms. A new study has found that the ability to interpret images correctly with mobile displays begins to decline if the devices are used in ambient light conditions brighter than the average office.
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Lessons learned October 10, 2013 -- Long-time AuntMinnie.com columnist Michael J. Cannavo is back as a PACS consultant after a two-year stint with a major PACS vendor. He shares his observations and PACS wisdom in a new series called Straight Talk From the PACSman.
Mobile image viewer helps clinicians access images faster October 3, 2013 -- Clinicians can access medical images much faster using mobile image-viewing software on Apple iPads without sacrificing diagnostic confidence or ease of use, compared with the use of traditional desktop-based software, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.
Don't forget technologists when adopting PACS October 2, 2013 -- Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiologic technologists have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers.