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Health imaging data such as ultrasounds, mammograms, MRIs and PACS information is highly vulnerable to cybersecurity criminals, according to a recent McAfee security report.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging has increased over the past two decades—and so has its costs to the healthcare system. A recent study in the American Journal of Roentgenology found understanding the unique specialty referral patterns of MSK extremity imaging may help radiology practices optimize and cut unnecessary costs related to the technique.

In a world of increasingly personalized care, patients want top treatment with minimal travel. A team of New York researchers created an in-house Google Maps app that determined the quickest route for patients seeking an appointment for interventional radiology (IR) services.

During the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, GE Healthcare and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) teamed up on a new diagnostic tool that used imaging to provide individualized care for competing athletes.

While healthcare learns how to improve its response to cybersecurity threats, the number and ferocity of incidents continue to increase. Health Imaging spoke with Zack Hornberger, recently tabbed as director of cybersecurity and imaging informatics for Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), to discuss what medical imaging professionals can do to best prepare for handling cybersecurity breaches.


Recent Headlines

Web-based PACS Packs Interest

The PACS of today is definitely a more mature sibling of the PACS of a decade ago.

Standards Watch | PACS Through the Years

PACS through the years definitely has been a "lessons learned" experience. This article describes some of the history, and evolution of these systems as well as early experiences.

Workstations: At your fingertips

Managing the flow of images from numerous modality scanners to specific workstations for post-processing is one of the critical elements in maintaining and boosting radiology department productivity.

On Display: Monitors Show Their True Colors

Film on a lightbox or a digital image on a monitor - while the purpose is the same, the technology behind each is oh so different. The bottom line remains that the radiologist wants to know that the images - analog or digital - are of optimal diagnostic q

Integrated RIS-PACS: Is it the Right Choice?

While PACS enables radical changes in how an imaging center or radiology department manages its business, the intelligence features of the radiology information system (RIS) manage department workflow.

More Than Remote Success

The value of PACS escalates as radiologists expand their volume of work and other providers seek subspecialty expertise through teleradiology.

Standards Watch | DICOM Turns 20: A Retrospective and a Look Forward

A large group of DICOM geeks, gurus and other interested parties gathered in September in Baltimore to celebrate the DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) 20-year anniversary.

A Big Byte: PACS Widen Image Storage Boundaries

Image storage has become the primary concern and key component of PACS, in large part because as much as 60 percent of all hospital storage is used by and originates with the system.

Accessing Patient Information Via PACS

Doctors at California's San Antonio Community Hospital make life-and-death decisions daily. Read a first-hand account of how the healthcare facility keeps its PACS operating virtually flawlessly.

Film Digitizers

Film digitizers are helping radiology departments bridge the technology gap between analog film and the digital imaging environment.