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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

FDA clears Elekta's iViewDose dosimetry software

Elekta, a Stockholm-based clinical solutions company, announced today that its iViewDose software has received 501(k) clearance from the FDA.

New NEC monitor receives FDA clearance

NEC Display Solutions of America announced today that its MultiSync MD211G5 medical-grade monitor has received FDA clearance for use in tomosynthesis and full field digital mammography (FFDM).

Global CDS market to grow by more than 20% annually through 2022

A recent report by market research company P&S Market Research predicts dramatic growth for the global CDS market, currently worth $410 million, at a CAGR of nearly 22 percent between 2016 and 2022.

Communication errors in radiology found to be impactful, common and not just connected to results

Of 380 communication errors occurring in the radiology department of an academic medical center over a 10-year period, 37.9 percent had a direct impact on patient care and 52.6 percent were potentially impactful, according to a study running in the March edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

VNA to the rescue: Curbing excessive costs in imaging

Cutting down on exorbitant costs associated with imaging errors, including excessive and repetitive radiology procedures, is a major goal for providers. There's no quick fix, but installing a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) could be an important piece of the puzzle.

ScandiDos in-vivo dosimetry system receives FDA clearance

Swiss dosimetry company ScandiDos announced today that its Delta4 Discover in-vivo dose monitoring system has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA.

FDA clearance announced for FUJIFILM Synapse 5 PACS

FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., announced today that its Synapse 5 PACS technology has received FDA 510 (k) clearance for sale and distribution in the U.S.

Imaging at HIMSS.16: Session Previews

Every year, the HIMSS annual meeting tackles the biggest issues in healthcare informatics, and managing medical images is always a big topic of discussion. This year’s focus is on enterprise imaging and the inherent challenges with managing different types of images from the various specialties around a hospital or system.

Tools for enterprise imaging success

Managing medical images has always been a Herculean undertaking, even when the image types were contained to the “traditional” modalities of radiology. Now that an avalanche of different image types are coming down from all over the enterprise, will providers be snowed under?

Vital Images launches new ‘VNA on demand’ platform

Vital Images announced today the launch of VNA on demand, a “next generation vendor neutral platform” which will allow customers to store only desired images and control the process of image storage more efficiently, the company said in a press release.