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
Blending IT, radiology departments yields dividends
September 4, 2002 -- Battling over which department should control PACS -- radiology or information technology (IT) -- is divisive and unproductive. So rather than waste time, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA, chose the path of partnership, integrating IT support into radiology operations.
Whole-body MR may be feasible for tumor staging
August 28, 2002 -- Researchers from the University Hospital Essen in Germany concluded that 3-D volumetric interpolated whole-body MRI could be a potential alternative to conventional multimodality tumor-staging strategies. They reported their results in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
HHS amends HIPAA privacy rule
August 13, 2002 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced final changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations. For the most part, the changes follow proposed amendments announced by Bush administration officials in March, including relaxing of the much-criticized consent-and-notice provision.
Half-dose chest CT produces acceptable image quality
August 5, 2002 -- Using half the standard dose for routine chest CT studies can still produce images of acceptable quality, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Their results are published in this month's American Journal of Roentgenology.
3-D ultrasound can have psychological value in OB cases
July 9, 2002 -- Along with the valuable diagnostic information 3-D ultrasound can provide in obstetrical cases, it often yields important psychological benefits. In fact, the exam is often requested to reassure patients and physicians alike.
New techniques increase ultrasound’s value in vascular imaging
July 8, 2002 -- New techniques such as 3-D ultrasound, ultrasound contrast agents, and B-flow imaging offer tremendous potential in aiding vascular diagnosis, according to Dr. John Pellerito, chief of ultrasound, body CT, and MRI at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY.
BMC puts PACS vendors to the test
June 24, 2002 -- In our series of articles on PACS implementation in a community hospital, New Jersey's Bayonne Medical Center screens PACS products for functionality, workstation tools, flexibility, and ease of use.
Referring physicians give thumbs up to PACS
June 11, 2002 -- Many of the benefits ascribed to PACS involve better service to referring physicians. But are clinicians truly ready for filmless radiology? If the experience of the Santa Barbara, CA-based Cottage Health System is any indication, the answer is a definite yes, according to Dr. Michael Trambert.  Discuss
McKesson bid for ALI highlights IS/PACS trend
May 28, 2002 -- With PACS seen increasingly as the imaging layer of an electronic patient record, it's no surprise that healthcare information systems vendors would want a piece of the action. The bid by HIS firm McKesson Information Solutions to acquire PACS provider ALI Technologies is the latest move in the melding of HIS and PACS.  Discuss
GE debuts Excite MR technology
May 21, 2002 -- GE Medical Systems has unveiled Excite, a new MRI technology designed to improve the image quality and processing abilities of its Infinity MR scanner. Excite features new microprocessor technology, more memory, and a new family of phased-array coils to improve image reception, according to the vendor.