Imaging Informatics Insider

Dear Imaging Informatics Insider,

As has been the case in recent years, imaging informatics topics once again took center stage at the RSNA 2014 meeting. In addition to prominence on the exhibit floor, imaging informatics was prevalent in a multitude of scientific sessions, refresher courses, and educational exhibits.

Business analytics is a particularly hot area, as radiology groups increasingly seek to maximize their value and efficiency in the new era of radiology. In a similar vein, some researchers are exploring how to adapt radiology reports to better meet the needs of referring physicians and patients.

For example, a team led by researchers from Emory University found that referring physicians seem to overwhelmingly prefer interactive multimedia reports over the traditional text-based report. Even more important, the physicians would be far more likely to refer patients to facilities that offer these reports.

Our coverage of this RSNA 2014 presentation is this newsletter's Insider Exclusive, available to you before our regular members can access it.

While referring physicians would appreciate multimedia reports, patients appear to have different interests. They would like shorter and less-complex reports, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Patients also appreciate having access to their radiology records in the cloud, according to a survey of patients' experience with RSNA's Image Share network.

PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo's annual PACSman awards are always a highlight from the RSNA meeting; you can check out his lighthearted 2014 edition by clicking here. You'll also want to check out Mr. Cannavo's recent Straight Talk From the PACSman column on how to maximize the life and performance of your existing PACS.

Also from RSNA 2014, a team from Stanford University shared how an iPad could be used to control PACS workstation software. Stay tuned for further coverage from the meeting in the coming weeks.

In other featured articles, the most recent edition of our Mobile App Spotlight series featured a Q&A with Dr. Elliot Fishman, developer of the popular CTisus iLecture Series: The HD Edition app. Click here to learn more about this popular iOS app, which was a finalist in the category of Best Radiology Mobile App in's 2014 Minnies awards.

Also, structured reporting of pancreatic CT studies was recently found to make patient management decisions much clearer for pancreatic cancer surgeons. Click here to learn more.

Is there a topic you'd like to see covered in the Imaging Informatics Community? As always, please feel free to drop me a line.

Happy holidays from all of us at!

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