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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

Q&A: Chris Tomlinson on Building the Network of the Future with Image Exchange

Chris Tomlinson, MBA, CRA, FAHRA, of CHOP and RACH envisions a large pediatric radiology network where everyone is connected and imaging results can easily be shared in seconds.

3 ways machine learning will disrupt radiology—and the rest of medicine with it

Machine learning’s expansive capacity to quickly turn big health data into evidence-based care will challenge all practitioners of medicine to either grow along with the technology or accept getting left behind by it. And radiologists will be among the first to feel its push (if they’re not among the rads who are already working with it). 

4 rads: Take all imaging to the cloud—and let breast specialists lead the way

Four breast radiologists are calling for the creation of a national imaging repository housed in the cloud and spearheaded by their specialty. 

Radiologist bests machine-learning algorithms at diagnosing thyroid cancer

In developing algorithms to differentiate between suspicious nodules in the thyroid gland, researchers in China have found that their machine-learning computations separate malignant from benign properties more accurately than an inexperienced radiologist—but not as accurately as the experienced radiologist whose know-how was used to create the algorithms.

Hospital cyberattack suspected in Appalachian computer outage

Imaging departments were not immune as all data systems were taken down at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which serves parts of Kentucky and West Virginia, after an apparent cyberattack on Aug. 29. 

Search starts soon for 2017 radiology-journalism fellow

Junior radiologists interested in branching out from clinical practice and into academic endeavors, take notice: An opportunity is open to learn medical publishing and continuing medical education by working closely with the editors of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

CT artifact-reduction software gets put through its paces

An independent review of four CT vendors’ metal artifact-reduction (MAR) solutions has shown that all four appreciably improve image quality. However, the reviewers noted additional artifacts and degradation of image quality, leading them to recommend carefully evaluating each software package’s algorithm case by case in clinical practice. 

Keynote speaker energizes audience with big laughs and life lessons

Professional speaker and award-winning author Christine Cashen had attendees at the AHRA 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn., crying tears of laughter Monday morning with her funny stories and infectious energy.

How to improve patient experience in real time

Eric B. LoMonaco began his presentation at the AHRA 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn., with a surprisingly blunt question: “How many of you think your hospitals are perfect?”

Scenes from AHRA 2016

Video: Take a look at the some of the interesting sights and people we met AHRA 2016.