Week in Review: Meet the Minnies candidates | Imaging's unseen side | AI of x-ray

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

This past week saw the release of the list of candidates in the Minnies, our annual awards event highlighting excellence in radiology. Over 200 candidates are competing in 14 categories, ranging from Most Influential Radiology Researcher to Best Educational Mobile App.

We'd like to thank everyone who nominated a candidate for a Minnies award -- your input helped make this the biggest and best list ever. Now, our expert panel will select the winners through two rounds of voting, with winners announced in October.

Stay tuned, and thanks again for your participation!

Imaging's unseen side

It's no secret that healthcare is seeing an epidemic of stress and burnout. But much of the time, the focus is on physicians like radiologists.

However, there's another side to burnout in medical imaging, and it's occurring among radiologic technologists -- the third largest group of professionals in healthcare. In a new column in our Imaging Leaders Community, Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny examined the mental and physical stresses that technologists face every day.

AI of x-ray

X-ray is medical imaging's oldest modality, and it stands to be the technology to get the biggest boost from growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze images.

Take a new study we're highlighting this week in our Digital X-Ray Community. In a real-world study at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, researchers used a commercially available AI algorithm to assist radiologists in detecting major chest abnormalities.

And in another study, a group from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City described how they ran a challenge to find the best AI algorithm for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis on radiographs.

In other related news, the number of children sent to the emergency department after having swallowed button batteries has skyrocketed over the last 10 years -- and x-ray is often the first modality used to locate the foreign bodies. And new concerns have arisen about the impact of synthetic manufacturing chemicals on the bone health of adolescents later in life.

Get these stories and more in your Digital X-Ray Community.

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