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Imaging Informatics


With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games beginning Friday, GE Healthcare and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have created a new diagnostic tool that uses 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.

Congress voted to reopen the government Monday, Jan. 22, after a weekend-long shutdown, with a short-term spending bill effective through Feb. 8. As a part of this deal, the nationwide medical device tax that took effect Jan. 1, 2018 will now be delayed for another two years.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already changing the way radiologists do their jobs. And while much of the action is in mundane task relief, exciting opportunities are emerging for the technology to push radiology’s role in personalized medicine beyond what it could accomplish with human eyes alone.

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.  


Recent Headlines

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.

Mayo Clinic: What's the role of tumor sequencing in women with breast cancer?

In a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers from Mayo Clinic reported results of a prospective tumor sequencing study in women receiving chemotherapy prior to breast surgery.

Deep learning expected to expand exponentially in radiology

The worldwide market for radiology-specific deep learning will soar from around $40 million next year to some $300 million by 2021, largely on the wings of increasing demand for imaging combined with radiologist shortages like the one Scotland is facing.

Exercising can help 'attenuate age-related neurodegeneration'

Assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, Scott Hayes, PhD, and his research team, were prompted to do research on cardiac fitness and brain health in older adults after serveral animal studies that showed physical activity positively impacting memory performance and brain regions critical for memory. 

UCLA neuros: Let imaging be the birthing, raising ground for cerebrovascular health

The HHS department, collaborating with various private-sector partners, launched the Million Hearts initiative to fight heart attacks and strokes back in 2011. The Precision Medicine Initiative and BRAIN Initiative followed, both with stroke as a key target. Well and good, but the concerted stroke-busting efforts to date have mostly stressed genomics, novel biomarkers and innovative data. Where’s the imaging? 

Hospital staff prepares for potential failure of electronic imaging services

Imagine the electronic management system for imaging services fail, leaving radiologists with delayed bookings and examinations of images. Would a hospital's administration, medical staff and/or patients be ready for something like this?