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Ground Control to Dr. Tom: Patient Exploration in an Era of Space-Age Radiology

Being a radiologist today can feel a bit like being on the Starship Enterprise: you have all these Star-Trek-like tools at your disposal – devices and applications with the ability to produce incredibly sophisticated digital images and insights that we couldn’t have imagined even twenty years ago. This technology and advanced visualization capabilities have fundamentally changed the way we obtain important diagnostic information and provide value for patients. But the reality is, it gets lonely in space. Behind this technology are people – and people still seek a meaningful human exchange, especially patients undergoing potentially stressful imaging exams. The irony of our situation is that, for all of us humans in the imaging spaceship, technology has become a barrier to meaningful care, even as the images that technology helps us acquire wield unprecedented clinical value.

Prenatal 3D ultrasound shows heart defects affect brain development

European researchers have used 3D ultrasound to measure cortical folding, which increases the surface area of the brain and therefore its processing power, in fetuses with congenital heart defects. Their primary interest was in finding out whether prenatal cardiovascular anomalies affect neurodevelopment, although they also wanted to see if measuring the depths of the crevices reliably indicates the extent of folding.

Cardiac MRI feasible throughout slow-to-fast ‘bike rides’

European researchers have shown that heart imagers can have their MRI and their patients on exercise bikes—pedaling harder and harder—too.

Automated analysis of 3D echocardiography shows potential in clinical practice

Automated 3D echocardiography (3DE) analysis using a new, commercially available algorithm has allowed University of Chicago researchers to accurately quantify left-heart size and function in two-thirds of 300 consecutive patients. They conclude the technology can be useful in clinical practice despite its known workflow-interruptive drawbacks—especially when the echocardiographer has the know-how to correct for its shortcomings.

3D printing from standard imaging allows precise tests of replacement heart valves

Blood leakage is a common complication in patients who’ve had a heart valve replaced with a prosthetic. Soon these patients may benefit by getting their new valves tested, pre-implantation, via 3D “printouts” of their unique valvular tissue rendered from standard heart imaging.

MRI helps avoid unneeded right-heart catheterization

European researchers have confirmed that MRI isn’t precise enough at assessing pulmonary hypertension to outright preclude right-heart catheterization. However, they’ve also shown that the advanced imaging pathway can appropriately supplement echocardiography to avoid such catheterization for patients who may not need the intervention.

Cardio experts urge peers to choose ICE imaging, take AFib ablation ‘fluoroless’

Forgoing fluoroscopy in favor of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) to guide catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AFib) is not only feasible but highly desirable, as the ultrasound-based choice can squash radiation exposure for patients and care workers alike. Yet ICE has failed to catch on with electrophysiologists even after several years of ready availability. Why is that?

Two new detectors helped a small hospital enter the age of digital radiography

The imaging staff at Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin, N.H., knew the time had come to up their x-ray game when their 11-year-old computed radiography (CR) system began needing new imaging plates and maintenance. What they didn’t know was how fast, easy and cost-effective it could be to upgrade to superior digital radiography (DR) just by investing in the right DR detectors. In 2015, following comprehensive research, that’s exactly what they did.

Improved diagnostic accuracy: FUJIFILM’s DBT software upgrade receives FDA approval

Holland, 1931. Bernard George Ziedses des Plantes worked hard on the world’s first tomosynthesis machine, publishing a paper on the device he called a Planigraph. His clinical results were presented at the 1931 meeting of the Netherlands Society of Electrology and Radiology in Amsterdam, and the first commercial device was produced just a few years later.

Scottsdale Medical Imaging chooses FUJIFILM for upgrade from CR to DR

The employees of Scottsdale Medical Imaging (SMIL), an imaging practice with 14 locations throughout the state of Arizona, recently faced a dilemma many other providers in the industry have encountered; they had to choose a vendor to lead their conversion from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR).