Our journey along the Road to RSNA begins with our preview of Imaging Informatics, and specifically PACS, analytics, mobile devices, and image sharing. Coverage of presentations related to structured reporting, critical results management, speech recognition, and radiation dose monitoring software will be included in our upcoming Healthcare IT section.
Meanwhile, 3D and computer-aided detection (CAD) will be the focus of our Advanced Visualization preview, which will be one of next week's destinations on the Road to RSNA.
Once again, analytics remains the central focus of imaging informatics research being presented in Chicago. Researchers are applying analytics to learn from various aspects of radiology operations, learning, for example, that retaining raw CT data may prevent an unnecessary repeat CT study in the future. Teams are also bringing attention to critical issues such as the problem of patients not receiving their recommended follow-up imaging studies.
Presenters will also report real and quantifiable improvements from changes instituted in response to data gleaned from analytics. For example, a group will report that analysis of MR log files led to reductions in average scan time and variability for MR studies, while other presenters will describe how they were able to trim patient waiting times.
Fitting the patient-centric theme that RSNA and the American College of Radiology have emphasized in recent years, a number of presentations will explore image-sharing topics as they relate to patients. One study will delve into what patients really want from online patient portals, while another talk will show how patients could use cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive to share their images.
Interesting imaging informatics applications of technology such as virtual reality, virtual conferencing, and gesture-controlled sensors are among the other sessions we're spotlighting at RSNA 2015.
See below for previews of these and other imaging informatics-related scientific papers and posters at this year's RSNA meeting. Of course, these are just a sample of the content on offer; a host of refresher courses and educational exhibits on a wide variety of imaging informatics topics also await those who make the trip to the Windy City.
For more information on those talks, as well as other abstracts in this year's RSNA 2015 scientific and educational program, click here.