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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.


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IR team uses active dosimetry to reduce workers’ radiation exposure

Interventional radiology (IR) staffers at 189-bed Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts have shown that a commercially available real-time dosimetry system works well in reducing occupational radiation exposures.

First fruits arrive from the HIMSS-SIIM enterprise-imaging workgroup

If enterprise imaging refers to visual clinical data acquired in nearly every corner of a healthcare institution’s realm—meaning not only radiology and cardiology but also pathology, ophthalmology, dermatology and maternal-fetal medicine, just to name a few—then enterprise-imaging governance refers to the people charged with putting all that data together to render it useful for clinical, financial and administrative end users. 

Enterprise innovations at SIIM 2016

Change is in the air, can you feel it? Of course you can! You work in healthcare, change is what you do.

Working together across the enterprise

Communication technology has long been credited with making the world “smaller.” But even today, some of the challenges with working across a healthcare enterprise seem quite large.

MR goes beyond imaging concussion to fleshing out its features, case by case

When it comes to imaging the brains of concussed patients, CT is the workhorse plowing the field and MRI the thoroughbred mastering the equine obstacle course. 

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.