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Amy Buttell Crane

When it comes to reading rooms, perfection exists in the convergence ofscience and personal preference. Many factors, such as the distancefrom your eye to the monitors, aren’t in dispute; for others, such asthe type of chair, ideal room temperature and reading position arepersonal to individual radiologists. An environment that mergesessential ergonomics with individual needs creates the perfect readingroom with more comfortable, less stressed, more productive radiologists.

In the drive towards increased efficiencies, either implementing or upgrading automated physician reporting systems is a major goal for many imaging facilities. From computerized provider order entry (CPOE) to cardiovascular information systems practices and clinical departments are bringing new technology online designed to automate as much as possible of the physician reporting process. But to make it work, you’ve got to get your physicians on board.

No more missing films. No more empty file jackets. And no more wastedoffice space crammed full of x-ray films, folders, chemicals andprocessors.  And that’s just the icing on the cake: the overallimprovements in practice efficiencies and patient care, along with aquick return on investment are among the concrete benefits of adoptingan orthopedic picture archiving and communications system (PACS) tostore and retrieve digital x-ray images via a computed radiography (CR)system.

With the sharp surge in digital mammography system implementations,mammography CAD is riding the curve, too. This “second set of eyes”that helps to confirm radiological findings in mammograms, makes sensefrom both a cost perspective and the potential it offers to detect morebreast lesions, according to many radiologists.