AI algorithm identifies pacemaker type on radiographs
March 28, 2019 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) software can quickly identify cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers on x-ray images, which could possibly speed up the diagnosis and treatment of emergent patients with faulty devices, according to research published online March 27 in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.  Discuss
AI outperforms physicians for interpreting chest x-rays
March 28, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was able to identify major thoracic diseases on chest radiographs better than even thoracic radiologists could, offering potential to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical practice, according to a study published online March 22 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
SIR: 'OK, Google -- scrub up!'
March 25, 2019 -- Smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home already get plenty of questions about the weather, but the technology could soon make a meaningful contribution to patient outcomes during surgery, according to a Sunday presentation at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
SIR: Stroke treatment training program improves outcomes
March 25, 2019 -- Interventional radiologists at Johns Hopkins University have developed an innovative program to train their colleagues to perform endovascular thrombectomies and achieve better outcomes for stroke patients. So far, the results are impressive, according to a presentation on Monday at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2019 meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
SIR: UFE bests myomectomy for fibroid treatment
March 25, 2019 -- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a more effective treatment for fibroids than myomectomy, with fewer postprocedural complications. But many women aren't aware of UFE as a treatment option, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2019 annual meeting in Austin, TX.  Discuss
Lung ultrasound beats chest x-ray for heart failure detection
March 15, 2019 -- Point-of-care lung ultrasound has a higher sensitivity than chest x-ray for detecting symptoms of pulmonary edema in patients with acute decompensated heart failure, according to a new meta-analysis. The findings could indicate that ultrasound is a better choice for these patients, according to a study published March 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Accuracy of AI algorithms may drop with independent data
March 13, 2019 -- The performance of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for classifying chest x-rays dropped when they were used with patient populations that were different from the ones on which they were trained, according to research published online March 5 in the Journal of Digital Imaging.  Discuss
Alphenix angio unit leads Canon offerings at ECR
March 2, 2019 -- VIENNA - The European launch of its new Alphenix interventional angiography system is the major highlight in the booth of Canon Medical Systems at ECR 2019 this week. Other important products being shown include a new entry-level CT scanner for the global market and new global illumination software.  Discuss
Incisive CT scanner paces Philips products at ECR
March 1, 2019 -- VIENNA - A multislice CT scanner called Incisive is among the new product launches being featured in the booth of Philips Healthcare at ECR 2019. The company is also promoting other recent product launches, including a new ultrasound scanner, mobile C-arm, and advanced visualization software.  Discuss
Digital x-ray vendors focus on workflow and efficiency
February 27, 2019 -- As medical imaging's bread-and-butter modality, digital radiography (DR) is all about efficiency. At this week's ECR 2019 technical exhibition, DR vendors are highlighting how their new technologies can help radiology departments work more efficiently and deliver better patient care at a lower cost.  Discuss