Wayne Forrest

Wayne joined AuntMinnie.com in 2006 as a features editor shortly after serving for seven years as news editor for the former Medical Imaging monthly magazine and Medical Imaging News weekly newsletter. Wayne's journalism career spans more than 35 years and includes four years as a business writer and nine years in broadcast news. His primary areas of coverage are MRI, nuclear medicine, and molecular imaging.

Articles by this author
CT, MR, CR, and digital mammo are critical to archive storage forecasts
June 22, 2007 -- Which modalities are the biggest storage hogs for archive storage? Computed tomography (CT), computed radiography (CR), MRI, and digital mammography, according to the information systems group at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Eugene Mah, a MUSC medical physicist, and colleages reviewed 11 years' worth of data in the medical school's PACS to determine how much archive storage space different modalities required, and developed a model to forecast future storage needs.  Discuss
First PET/MRI brain images debut at SNM 2007
June 15, 2007 -- Physicians and radiologists may have another hybrid imaging technology to delve deeper into the burgeoning realm of molecular imaging and investigate neurological studies, as well as certain forms of cancer, stroke, and stem cell therapy. Researchers from Germany and the U.S. unveiled the world's first human brain images from a work-in-progress PET/MRI system at the 2007 SNM meeting last week in Washington, DC.  Discuss
RVUs key to tracking radiologist and physician productivity
June 12, 2007 -- Increased utilization of imaging services plus the declining reimbursement in the wake of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 have made productivity a top priority at hospitals, imaging centers, and practices. Fred Gaschen, executive vice president of Radiology Associates of Sacramento (RAS) in California, discusses the best way to track and evaluate radiologist and physician productivity.  Discuss
Imaging informatics can contribute much to clinical research
June 11, 2007 -- PROVIDENCE, RI - Imaging informatics can greatly influence clinical research, but disciplines first must overcome a myriad of technical challenges to get products to market faster and enhance patient care, according to a presentation Saturday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). Dr. Eliot Siegel, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, discussed some of these obstacles, as well as how to overcome them.  Discuss
When the OR and radiology collide, workflow solutions are needed
June 8, 2007 -- PROVIDENCE, RI - It is quite common for a surgeon to seek the counsel of a radiologist during a procedure, but time is money in the OR. Speaking at this week's Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting, Dr. Steven Horii of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia discussed how intraoperative imaging can cause havoc for both the surgical and radiology departments, and how to solve workflow bottlenecks.  Discuss
PEM performs well against breast MRI, whole-body PET
June 6, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - Positron emission mammography (PEM) was comparable to breast MRI and outdueled whole-body positron emission tomography (PET) in a pilot study to determine which modality was most helpful in preoperative surgical planning. The results were presented Tuesday at the 2007 SNM annual meeting.  Discuss
CAD shows promise in tumor detection with PET
June 5, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - With computer-aided detection (CAD) already making its mark in other imaging modalities, researchers at the University of Chicago in Illinois have devised a method that shows how the technology may prove beneficial for tumor detection by PET. They presented their findings at this week's SNM meeting.  Discuss
Molecular imaging, nuclear medicine share spotlight at SNM 2007
June 4, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - It will be virtually impossible to discuss nuclear medicine and exclude molecular imaging from the discussion at this week's SNM meeting. Molecular imaging will help revolutionize patient care, with improved ways to diagnose, treat, and manage cancer and other diseases, and focusing exclusively on nuclear medicine without incorporating other imaging modalities would limit the understanding of how diseases will be diagnosed and treated in the future, according to speakers at Sunday's opening presentation.  Discuss
BlinkRadiology advances novel technique to image interpretation
May 28, 2007 -- There is an old adage that states, "If you blink, you'll miss it." In the case of BlinkRadiology, however, the Springfield, IL-based start-up radiology software company encourages blinking. The firm has developed digital image display software that rapidly alternates new and prior images in front of and over each other. By "blinking" the two images, the technique is designed to improve the accuracy of image interpretation by taking advantage of the human brain's instinctive attraction to motion.  Discuss
Studies show CAD matches up well with CR mammo, FFDM
May 24, 2007 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) took a hit last month when a study found that the technology's false-positive rate had a negative impact on the accuracy of mammography screening. But two recent studies indicate that CAD still produces beneficial results when paired with a couple of new breast screening technologies, CR mammography and full-field digital mammography.