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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.


Recent Headlines

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.

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.