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Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands recently presented in Nature Communications a newly developed spectrometer small enough to be inserted into a smartphone, according to an Eindhoven University of Technology release.  

As cyberattack become increasingly common incidents, healthcare professionals must push security to the forefront. In a presentation given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Jim Whitfill, CMO of innovation Health Partners and President of Lumetis, described the current cybersecurity environment and detailed how professionals can take steps toward improving privacy.

Nicole Murphy, MS, a medical physicist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and Christina Sammet, PhD, research assistant professor of Radiology at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and medical physicist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, targeted three main objectives in relation to radiation dose management at RSNA 2017. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay in radiology—and so are radiologists.

An analysis of nearly three million radiologic exams has confirmed prior research showing that physicians’ concentration tends to fall off toward the tail end of on-duty shifts. And yes, the diminishment in radiologists’ accuracy may be increased when they’re working especially long shifts and/or plowing through long worklists.


Recent Headlines

Many radiotherapy cases require elevated diligence for imaging

When there’s a near-miss or safety incident (NMSI) with a patient undergoing radiation therapy, and the incident was related to the disease or treatment itself, the lapse often involves imaging. But it’s not imaging per se that raises any particular risk.

Fujifilm’s PACS gets go-ahead from Defense Department

The U.S. Department of Defense has given Fujifilm’s Synapse PACS the green light to operate on the department’s networks, granting the company an Authority to Operate (ATO) and making it the first medical-imaging vendor to obtain such clearance since DoD switched to its Risk Management Framework (RMF), according to a press release sent by Fujifilm Medical Systems USA.

Netherlands medical-imaging AI startup attracts $2.5M funding boost

A European AI startup that has so far focused on deep-learning detection of lung cancers on imaging has raised around $2.5 million (2.25 million euros) in seed-round funding to refine its product and bring it to market.

‘RAD Women’ launch online resource center

Women with an interest in medical imaging informatics have a new online resource center thanks to RADxx, the women’s advancement initiative kicked off at last year’s RSNA by Geraldine McGinty, MD, and Mini Peiris of the healthcare software company Ambra Health. 

Rejected scientific rad articles: Destiny depends on rejecters’ input vs. lack thereof

Tracking the fate of 200 unsolicited manuscripts rejected in one calendar year by the American Journal of Roentgenology, a researcher has found that the majority—117 manuscripts, close to 60 percent—eventually found a home in other scientific journals, according to an analysis running in the June edition of that very journal. 

Imaging library launched for traumatic brain injury

The American College of Radiology is working with the nonprofit research organization Cohen Veterans Bioscience to create a reference library for neuroradiologists, neurologists, emergency docs and all others diagnosing, treating or researching mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

New pediatric heart MR faster, more adaptable to remote care

A newly proposed technique for contrast-enhanced 3D MR angiography is not substantially better on image quality than standard sequential 2D for planning the care of children with congenital heart disease. However, the 3D approach allows faster and offline planning, thereby reducing scan times significantly.

Rounding radiology residents improve patient care, referrer communication—and their specialty’s status

Members of a large academic radiology department have shown the value that resident-driven imaging rounds can add to patient care in a multidisciplinary care-delivery model. In the process, they’ve demonstrated a way the specialty can spotlight its contributions in the era of bundled payments and outcomes-oriented incentives. 

Cancer guidelines after active treatment have low specificity, consistency

In a retrospective cross-sectional analysis, a group of researchers examined the specificity and consistency of recommendations for cancer surveillance after effective treatment across guidelines.

Q&A: Southers sheds light on brain imaging being used to combat mental health stigma

A recent study using MRI found that ADHD is a disorder of the brain. Barry Southers, MRI program director at University of Cincinnati Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) Program, spoke with Health Imaging about how brain imaging can fight the stigma associated with mental health.