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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

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?

Patients undergo PET/CT scans while using video goggles for distraction

Researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used video goggles to distract children undergoing PET or CT scans to determine whether they created CT and PET artifacts.

RSNA 2016: Masking index shows promise in predicting the probability of masking in a mammogram

This year’s annual RSNA conference featured a session titled, "Hot Topics in Breast Imaging," which outlined a variety of sub-topics including over diagnosis, trends in breast density assessment over time and breast cancer screening.

RSNA 2016: Image sharing says goodbye to compact discs, hello to the cloud

The RSNA 2016 session, "Next Generation Infrastructure for Medical Imaging," introduced participants to the importance of image sharing and exchange with regard to the quality of care a radiologist delivers.

Don’t leave patients out when discussing patient portals

Online portals where patients can schedule appointments with physicians or contact providers are becoming more common, but many don’t include patient medical images or a way to contact radiologists. If practices are planning on building such a system, they shouldn’t leave patients out of the process.

Enterprise Imaging Means Never Having to Say You’re Siloed

Memo to radiology: It’s time to quicken the pace at which you’re metamorphosing out of your role as chief keeper of all things imaging. The era of enterprise imaging is upon U.S. healthcare, and your speedy adaptation will benefit you as well as your patients and referrers.

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).