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William Doss
As a Senior Writer for TriMed Media Group, Will covers radiology practice improvement, policy, and finance. He lives in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Science Communication and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked as a media specialist for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Outside of work you might see him at one of the many live music venues in Chicago or walking his dog Holly around Lakeview.

Smoothing barriers impeding radiologist/referring physician communication can better care through improved timeliness and more nuanced interpretations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. For the University of Texas Health Science Center, this meant building a communication tool within PACS and assigning clerical staff to troubleshoot the system, rather than leaving radiologists to figure it out on their own.

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“WannaCry,” the most recent ransomware attack in the United Kingdom, was yet another reminder of how dependent modern healthcare is on networked technology. The National Health Service experienced ambulances piling up outside hospitals, appointments were canceled, surgeries were delayed and there was the frightening possibility that patient records could be deleted unless a ransom was paid.

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Decreased costs of computing power and virtually infinite cloud storage capacity have created a fertile environment for artificial intelligence (AI) to disrupt industries across the globe. Computers won’t replace radiologists in the next 10, 20 or 30 years, but I do believe increasingly large parts of the job will be automated—and it may be up to radiologists to carve out space for themselves.

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Blu-Ray, 3D TVs and now virtual reality—three technologies that were each hailed at one point as the next big thing in consumer entertainment. One became ubiquitous, one all but disappeared and the jury’s still out on whether or not virtual reality (VR) is here to stay. 

The public’s reaction to Presidents Trump’s proposed budget has been incendiary—but for good reason: Federal science programs such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) all would see cuts of 18 percent or more. However, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are voicing opposition. 

Levine Cancer Institute launched the first mobile lung CT unit to provide cancer screening to rural communities in North and South Carolina, two states with above-average rates of lung cancer diagnosis.

The Brookfield Zoo, located just outside of Chicago, uses one of the world’s largest CT scanners to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions across the 3,500 animals living at the zoo. The CT scanner was a donation from a local hospital and is capable of imaging animals up to 660 pounds, including fully-grown gorillas, tigers and dolphins.

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A group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin found patients who underwent endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) had longer times-to-surgery than those who didn’t. Led by resident Ryan Schmocker, MD, the team linked certain geographical areas and institutional factors to a higher likelihood of undergoing EUS, in addition to a baseline increase in utilization nationwide.

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When functional MRI (fMRI) was developed in the early 1990s, it was the latest in a long line of imaging modalities that allowed scientists and researchers to use changes in blood oxygenation and flow to infer neural activity. Since the seminal research paper was published by Seiji Ogawa, PhD—then working at AT&T Bell Laboratories—fMRI has provided insight in how the brain forms memories and processes pain, emotion, or language.

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Seven health systems across the country are launching education and training programs thanks to a partnership between AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management and Toshiba Medical. The ninth annual Putting Patients First grants fund development programs ranging from less invasive ultrasounds to diagnose pediatric appendicitis to imaging appropriateness training to reduce patient dose and improve workflow.