IT infrastructure is key to preparing for artificial intelligence
February 22, 2019 -- How can certified imaging informatics professionals prepare for implementing artificial intelligence in radiology? By building an advanced IT infrastructure, according to Dr. Paul Chang, who spoke on Thursday in a webinar held by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine.  Discuss
PACS at HIMSS: Changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes
February 22, 2019 -- Why would anyone in radiology go to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting to look at PACS? Well, you really don't need to, but since you're already there, you might as well take a peek. Our intrepid contributor Michael J. Cannavo -- the PACSman -- visited HIMSS 2019 in Orlando, FL, and filed this report.  Discuss
Synthesized 2D mammo + DBT works for breast screening
February 22, 2019 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to digital mammography improves the sensitivity and specificity of breast cancer screening -- and these improvements are also present when synthesized 2D images are used, according to a study published online February 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
SABR plus surgery is effective for treating lung cancer
February 22, 2019 -- Combining neoadjuvant stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) with surgery to treat patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer is more effective than SABR alone, according to a study published online February 21 in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 81: The price to pay for being antivax
February 22, 2019 -- Antivaxxers may think they're doing the right thing for their kids, but there's a price to pay for not getting vaccinated -- and it's mainly paid by their children, as Andy and Ryan find out in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
4 ways AI can improve women's imaging
February 21, 2019 -- What will it take for artificial intelligence (AI) to become clinically viable in women's imaging? The technology must demonstrate excellence in four crucial areas: performance, time, workflow, and cost, according to an article published online February 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Baby boomers, wage increases to boost U.S. health spending
February 21, 2019 -- U.S. health spending will continue to increase through 2027, as demographic and economic changes overcome factors that previously kept costs growing more slowly, such as the Great Recession and the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released February 20 in Health Affairs.  Discuss
MRA is cost-effective for kidney disease-related aneurysms
February 21, 2019 -- Optimizing costs with beneficial patient outcomes is a constant goal in healthcare. In that regard, the use of MR angiography (MRA) to screen and follow up patients who may have intracranial aneurysms linked to kidney disease can work well from both cost and clinical perspectives, according to a study published online February 19 in Radiology.  Discuss
3D printing yields custom-fit glasses for kids
February 20, 2019 -- Researchers from California have developed a method for creating individually tailored 3D-printed glasses based on the CT scans of kids with craniofacial defects who are unable to wear standard frames, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.  Discuss
MRI measurements can change Parkinson's diagnosis
February 20, 2019 -- With a tweak to a proven MRI method for measuring certain brain regions, Italian researchers have eased the difficult task of differentiating between Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy with parkinsonism. Results of their study were published online February 13 in Movement Disorders.  Discuss
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