Got image overload?
The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) tomorrow is presenting  "Growth in Imaging Volume — Emerging Solutions: SCAR's Transforming the Radiological Interpretation Process (TRIP) Initiative" at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society meeting in San Diego.
    "Growth in imaging volume is often attributed to growth in patient volume, but the new capabilities that result from upgrades to imaging modalities, especially CT, can be an even greater factor," said Richard L. Morin, PhD, Brooks-Hollern professor, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, and co-presenter for the SCAR session with Katherine P. Andriole, PhD, of Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
    Healthcare enterprises are seeing an increase in the number of patients being imaged, the number of studies per patient is rising, and the amount of images per study, according to the abstract for the SCAR session.
    SCAR developed the TRIP Initiative to address this growing problem of image overload. To address the problem, the presentation will describe the advancements in imaging modalities, and look at challenges in the future. Though obviously these advancements mean many large benefits for patients, nonetheless the problem of image data overload does exist and will be introduced. Following this there will be a discussion regarding the SCAR TRIP Initiative, which hopes to provide solutions to this looming crisis in medical imaging. HIMSS is the co-sponsor for this presentation.