Erik Ridley

Erik is senior editor at 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
Emageon, UltraVisual merge
June 5, 2003 -- Emageon has merged with image visualization software developer UltraVisual Medical Systems. The deal positions Emageon as a full-line PACS provider and a broader image management company.
PACS brings benefits, with caveats
May 22, 2003 -- PACS can solve many problems, but don't expect the technology to be a panacea, said PACS pioneer Dr. Steven Horii of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.  Discuss
Ultrasound effective in diagnosis, treatment of cystic liver lesions
May 15, 2003 -- PHILADELPHIA - Ultrasound should be the gold standard for diagnosing cystic liver masses, according to a presentation at the Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound meeting this week. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous treatment of such lesions has also proven to be safe and effective.
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound not just for cardiac applications
May 14, 2003 -- PHILADELPHIA - Contrast-enhanced ultrasound can add critical information without increasing patient risk in the evaluation of liver and extrahepatic tumors, vascular problems, solid organ injuries, and in the monitoring of focal liver tumor therapy, according to a presenter at the Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound conference.
Separating HIPAA facts from fiction
May 12, 2003 -- Ensuring compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is no easy task, due to the complexity of the legislation and a lack of training among front-line staff. The challenges can be especially daunting for radiology departments, according to Herman Oosterwijk of Dallas-based consulting firm OTech.
Filmless ED can open the door for enterprise-wide PACS
May 9, 2003 -- Converting emergency departments to filmless operations yields time savings and workflow improvements, and can serve as a stepping stone for the introduction of hospital-wide PACS, according to Dr. John Wandtke, medical director for PACS at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.
Screening ultrasound has specific limitations in abdominal trauma
May 1, 2003 -- Ultrasound can be an effective screening approach for blunt abdominal trauma (BAT) cases, but more imaging studies may be needed for some high-risk patients, according to a study from the University of California, San Diego.
Shift to full-field digital units will spur mammography market
April 30, 2003 -- The mammography markets in North America, Japan, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia-Pacific reached $241.2 million in 2002, an annual growth rate of approximately 18.2% over 2001, according to market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Frost report pegs MRI market growth at 21% in 2002
April 22, 2003 -- Surging demand for high-field scanners is fueling the U.S. MR market, which generated $1.46 billion in revenues in 2002, up 20.8% from 2001, according to a report recently issued by market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
PET/CT growth sparks gains in U.S. PET market
April 15, 2003 -- The market proliferation of hybrid PET/CT technology has been swift, and now contributes 45% of revenues of the combined U.S. PET and PET/CT market, according to market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.