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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

Differences in brain activity could predict responses to stress

new study shows that the more a person’s brain can amplify neuroactivity during times of stress, the more resilient that person may be when trying to cope with trauma.

Patients using portals for imaging results are not interested in radiation risk

With patient-portal technology slowly but surely headed toward ubiquity—half of U.S. hospitals and 40 percent of physician practices now offer their patients such access—the time was right to ask what patients are doing, specifically with respect to radiology, on all those portals. 

Easy being green? Chlorophyll could be used in medical imaging

Photosynthesis isn’t just for plants anymore, researchers say. In a new study published in the journal Advanced Materialsdoctors argue that the green pigment in chlorophyll could help physicians peek inside human digestive tracts with certain kinds of imaging procedures.

Study: Aging memories not worse, just different

Aging and middle-age people’s forgetfulness might not mean their cognition is waning or even that their memories are slowing down or fading—just that they’re spending their cognitive energies elsewhere, in places that don’t happen to be “where did I leave the keys?” and “what’s that word again?”

Drinking more water could produce a satiated feeling in the brain

New research by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior shows that people whose stomachs are more physically full feel more satiated during and after a meal.

Combining screening approaches could lead to earlier Alzheimer's detection

Using a combination of screening methods, it might be possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier than ever before, according to a new study.

NIH’s Summers: Hype may be outpacing reality now, but AI really will improve patient care

In the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology, Ronald Summers, MD, PhD, senior investigator in the NIH Clinical Center’s laboratory for imaging biomarkers and computer-aided diagnosis, updated radiology watchers on the state of the art in fully automated abdominal CT interpretation. On July 7, he took questions on the material from HealthImaging.

Radiologists sharing more abdominal duties with computers

Notwithstanding the serious concerns raised by a recent fatal accident involving a Tesla car running on autopilot, self-driving cars are probably here to stay—but that doesn’t mean humans won’t still be driving. The same goes for fully automated abdominal CT image interpretation. It too is likely here to stay—but that doesn’t mean radiologists won’t still be reading.

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.