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Erin Chesson, RT(R)

More open magnet design, new coil technology, faster sequences andhigh-quality images are helping to maintain 1.5T MRI as a standard ofcare—clearly a clinical workhorse.

To be a competitive player and grow business, outpatient imaging centers are investing in advanced systems such as RIS/PACS, voice recognition, and digital x-ray and mammography systems.

PACS and the streamlined image workflow it offers is having a huge impact on the way multidisciplinary trauma teams handle their most critical patients.

Healthcare facilities must utilize a multitude of security technologiesto mitigate any risks and ensure the integrity of their wirelessinfrastructure.

Wireless mobility is becoming more mainstream in healthcare settingssince portable computing offers a solution to better cope in today’sfast-paced healthcare environment. Case in point are two healthcareproviders that have deployed different models for handheld computersbut they share similar, critical features to mobile healthcare: acompact, lightweight design, a dependable battery life and adequatescreen size.

Healthcare facilities are revamping digital radiology reading rooms with the basic design foundations — lighting, ergonomics, acoustics, room design and connectivity.

Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, Ind.

More practices are installing computed radiography (CR) for orthopedics and experiencing the benefits: reduced imaging costs, improved workflow efficiencies, expedient information delivery, and simultaneous access to images and clinical information by multiple users.

Large or small facility, day or night, the benefits of teleradiology are the same all around: timely access to good radiology care.

With PACS being high on many minds, radiology information systems — the highly organized cousin — often takes a backseat. But RIS users can’t imagine life without them.