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What's the best way to protect your PACS?
October 8, 2019 -- It can be challenging for healthcare institutions to protect their PACS against cybersecurity threats. In an effort to help, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a draft practice guide aimed at helping healthcare organizations achieve PACS security. Read More
MRI links pesticides to Cuban embassy maladies
October 7, 2019 -- MRI scans of Canadian diplomats and their family members indicate that pesticides -- and not a "sonic weapon" -- may have contributed to neurological deficiencies and other issues experienced by both the Canadians and U.S. personnel working in Havana. Study results were published on September 29 on medRxiv.org. Read More
Can imaging informatics professionals help with legal cases?
October 7, 2019 -- Imaging informatics professionals are increasingly playing a significant role in medicolegal cases. In this article, Luke Bideaux explores this trend and discusses the qualifications needed to serve as a special adviser or expert witness, as well as the legal situations that would benefit from their involvement. Read More
How to protect your practice from missed follow-ups
October 7, 2019 -- How can you protect your practice against a medical malpractice lawsuit from a missed communication with a patient or primary care physician? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some advice. Read More
New CT diagnostic reference levels factor in image quality
October 4, 2019 -- CT diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are primarily intended to regulate radiation dose. But researchers from Duke University are now proposing that image noise be factored into DRLs to further optimize the quality of CT scans, in an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read More
Radiofrequency ultrasound, AI predict thyroid cancer
October 4, 2019 -- Radiofrequency ultrasound and an artificial intelligence (AI) model can be used to effectively predict the malignancy of thyroid nodules, as well as stratify their risk, according to a study set for publication in the November issue of Ultrasonics. Read More
AI model could speed up pneumonia diagnosis in ED
October 4, 2019 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for chest x-rays that was tested in real-time in the emergency department (ED) could improve the quality of care for patients suspected to have pneumonia, according to research presented on September 30 at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Madrid. Read More
Prostate cancer patients prefer mpMRI over biopsy
October 4, 2019 -- Low-risk prostate cancer patients who underwent multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) for active surveillance of the disease felt better about their experience than those who underwent transrectal biopsy, according to a study in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Read More
Low-field MRI scanner has interventional advantages
October 3, 2019 -- A prototype low-field MRI scanner operating at 0.55 tesla had advantages compared with 1.5 tesla for interventional MRI-guided procedures, particularly for patients with implanted devices, according to a study published online October 1 in Radiology. Read More
New technique unravels 3D MRI scans of placenta
October 3, 2019 -- When applied to 3D MRI, a new mapping algorithm can generate virtual placenta models that open up and flatten -- enhancing the visibility of the placenta during pregnancy, according to an upcoming presentation at the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention in China. Read More
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