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Free-text radiology reports can be automatically classified by convolutional neural networks (CNNs) powered by deep-learning algorithms with accuracy that’s equal to or better than that achieved by traditional—and more labor-intensive—natural language processing (NLP) methods.

Researchers in the radiology department at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)—led by of Sabrina Ronen, PhD, director of the Brain Research Interest Group (RIG) and professor in the department of radiology and biomedical imaging at UCSF—are in the process of developing new, non-invasive imaging biomarker indicators to address multiple types of cancer, according to a recent UCSF press release

Many radiologists use Twitter and LinkedIn for staying up on matters related to their work. A study published online Nov. 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology shows they’d do well to tap, for the same purposes, the social-media platform that’s commonly thought of as a purely personal online space.

A group of German researchers has developed a nuclear medicine test that can detect infections in kidney transplant tissue, according to a study published in Journal of Nuclear Medicine

Members of the online radiology community, take note: Personally tweeting links to articles posted ahead of print in online medical journals doesn’t increase overall pageviews of these articles. It just increases the number of people who find their way to any given “article in press” via Twitter.


Recent Headlines

Tenn., N.H. enact licensure laws for radiologic technologists

Tennessee and New Hampshire passed into law measures that establish licensure standards for radiologic technologists in their states, reports ASRT.

Imaging study puts LI-RADS under the microscope

The liver lesion reporting system LI-RADS is comparable to traditional non-standardized reporting methods in terms of interreader agreement and diagnostic accuracy, according to results of a new study recently published online in Academic Radiology.

If incidental findings pass these 4 criteria, consider leaving off rad report

When radiologists discover harmless incidental findings, they are left with the complex, at times difficult choice of either including it in the radiology report or not mentioning it at all. In an original article published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Pari V. Pandharipande, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined how they believe radiologists should react when facing such a dilemma.

What's in a word? Avoiding confusion on radiology reports

Much has been made recently about the language of radiology reporting, including discussion surrounding the inclusion or exclusion of certain words and phrases in final reports. But being aware of double meanings associated with commonly used terms—such as the word “stable”— is also critical when creating reports.

The key to a successful standardized structured reporting program? Get radiologists onboard

It is often people—not technology—that hinder the adoption and utilization of structured reporting standards in radiology departments. But having a successful standardized structured reporting program isn't impossible, according to an article published in the April issue of the journal Radiology.

HIMSS-SIIM Meetup: Enterprise imaging on an inter-organizational roll

The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup already had a head of steam to build on when its leaders, members and potential new participants held a “meetup” on March 2 at the airy, sunlit HIMSS Spot during HIMSS16 in Las Vegas.

Where’s the integration?

A recent study of PACS-EHR integration—or the lack thereof—hit a nerve. In a survey of the members of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, just 47 percent of respondents reported that their PACS had been integrated with the EMR.

Survey: The state of system integration in academic radiology departments

Academic radiology departments report varying levels of integration between PACS and other IT tools such as dictation systems, critical notification systems and electronic medical records, according to results of a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Leading children’s hospital shares its recipe for an enterprise imaging strategy

Over the last few years, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s enterprise imaging strategy has been simmering. After starting with radiology and cardiology, the hospital is preparing to add images from across all ‘ologies and fully bring its enterprise archive to a boil.

Dose-management software improves performance of CT techs

Dose-management software does the job when the job is monitoring CT technologists in real time to sharpen their attentiveness to radiation exposure.