Erik Ridley

Erik is senior editor at AuntMinnie.com and focuses on coverage of artificial intelligence and imaging informatics. He joined the website in 2000 and has 24 years of radiology journalism experience, including previous stints with Diagnostic Imaging magazine, Diagnostic Imaging Scan newsletter, and PACS and Networking News. Erik holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut.

Articles by this author
Manual review required with speech recognition software
July 9, 2018 -- With a word error rate that can exceed 7%, clinical documents produced by speech recognition software from dictations need to be reviewed and edited by medical transcriptionists and physicians to avoid significant errors, according to research published online July 6 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Can deep learning monitor lesions on F-18 NaF PET/CT?
July 5, 2018 -- Deep learning can classify bone lesions found on F-18 sodium fluoride (NaF) PET/CT exams, potentially enabling monitoring of individual lesions and faster interpretation times, according to research presented recently at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting in Philadelphia.  Discuss
How will machine learning affect radiology practice?
June 29, 2018 -- While some barriers still need to be cleared, machine-learning technologies are rapidly being developed for a variety of clinical applications in medical imaging and are poised to significantly affect radiology practice and patient care, according to an article published online June 26 in Radiology.  Discuss
SNMMI: AI enables stress-first SPECT MPI protocol
June 27, 2018 -- PHILADELPHIA - Artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of stress SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) can be highly sensitive for all types of coronary artery disease, according to research presented Tuesday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.  Discuss
SNMMI: Early prostate cancer therapy extends lives
June 26, 2018 -- PHILADELPHIA - Providing lutetium-177 prostate-specific membrane antigen radioligand therapy earlier to patients with metastatic prostate cancer can extend lives, according to research presented on Tuesday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) conference.  Discuss
SNMMI: AI can predict survival in sarcoma patients
June 25, 2018 -- PHILADELPHIA - Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can help predict disease-free survival in patients with soft-tissue sarcoma, according to research presented on Sunday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.  Discuss
SNMMI: AI can avoid patient misidentification on PET/CT
June 25, 2018 -- PHILADELPHIA - Artificial intelligence (AI) software can accurately predict a patient's gender on PET/CT scans, a capability that could help to avoid patient identification errors in PACS, according to research presented on Saturday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.  Discuss
How should AI be used in breast ultrasound?
June 21, 2018 -- How can radiologists make the most of artificial intelligence (AI) software in breast ultrasound? By using the software concurrently during the interpretation process, according to research presented at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual meeting.  Discuss
U.S. finalizes tariff list of Chinese products
June 15, 2018 -- As expected, the Trump administration has formalized its plans to impose tariffs on a wide variety of products manufactured in China. Effective July 6, more than 800 products -- including a range of medical imaging technologies -- will be hit with 25% import tariffs.  Discuss
Value of AAA screening drops as smoking declines
June 15, 2018 -- Mortality from abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has dropped sharply over the past two decades, thanks to lower smoking rates -- and this trend is reducing the value of ultrasound AAA screening programs, according to a large Swedish study published in the Lancet.  Discuss