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The University of Virginia Health System (UVA) is currently testing a new AI platform with its current PACS program to assess patients for abnormal bone density as well as fatty liver, emphysema and coronary artery disease.

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.

This past year, the New Hampshire Society of Radiologic Technologists and its president, Brandy Cusson, made strides on behalf of the radiologic science community earning them both the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2017 Award for Advocacy.

In a new study conducted at the University of Chicago’s Medical Center, researchers scanned the brains of children between 7 and 11 years old who have moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and found that, if untreated, it can lead to widespread brain damage.  

Last November’s presidential election ended friendships because of opposing political views, and now an MRI study shows why people’s political beliefs just won’t budge.

 

Recent Headlines

MRI Interventions announces Joseph Burnett as new president, CEO

Joseph Burnett announced as new President and CEO of MRI Interventions, Inc., effective November 7. 

PACS, AI combination helps uncover low bone mineral density

The University of Virginia Health System (UVA) is currently testing a new AI platform with its current PACS program to assess patients for abnormal bone density as well as fatty liver, emphysema and coronary artery disease.

ADC may identify growth in prostate tumors

A recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology aimed to determine whether a change in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in prostate cancer seen in MRI can be used to identify growth in tumors.

Hologic introduces breast biopsy system, claims improved efficiency

Hologic’s new Brevera breast biopsy system with CorLumina imaging technology is now available in the U.S.

6 takeaways from KLAS report on customers’ use of PACS

The PACS market has changed over the past few years—but will continue expanding along with the healthcare imaging industry.

Hitachi receives FDA approval for Supria True64 CT System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Hitachi 501(k) clearance to bring the Supria True64 Computed Tomography System to market. The Supria is a multi-slice computed tomography system designed to perform multi-slice CT scanning supported by 64-detector technology.

Patient-assisted mammography device approved by FDA

Patients will soon have the option to actively assist technologists with their mammography without compromising image quality and minimizing pain, using GE Healthcare’s Senographe Pristina Dueta with Self-Compression.

MITA looks to lawmakers for full repeal of medical device excise tax

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) urged lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to pass a permanent, full repeal of the medical device tax.

Squid ink imaging: An alternative to painful periodontal probes

Though not commonly known, there are several benefits to squid ink—high in iron, rich in antioxidants, delicious food flavoring—and a tool to assess gum health.

Active surveillance crucial to delaying surgery for low-risk papillary thyroid cancer

Active surveillance using ultrasonography could be a key to delaying surgical treatment for low-risk papillary thyroid cancer (PTC)—the most common type of thyroid cancer.

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