Imaging Informatics

Clinical reporting strategies for PET/CT imaging exams in the oncology setting vary widely, according to results of a worldwide survey of clinicians published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Thirty percent of respondents reported they were unaware reporting guidelines existed.

“This system has made everything much more transparent in that we can see everyone in every area of the hospital and it makes every area much more transparent because we can see what’s happening,” interventional radiologist Ellen Francesconi, MD, told HealthImaging.

New clinical decision support system (CDS) mandates are on the horizon with an aim to reign in unnecessary imaging. But how feasible and clinically effective are these systems?

A majority of patients wish to be notified about breast arterial calcifications (BACs) found on mammography, according to recent research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

A new study analyzing thyroid ultrasound (US) reports found “widespread” underreporting of crucial elements, according to authors of an Oct. 20 American Journal of Roentgenology study. The failures could have led to missed cancer diagnoses.

As the need to share information and images between various hospital departments began to emerge, so did vendor neutral archive (VNA) and enterprise-imaging (EI) management systems, wrote authors of a recent Journal of Digital Imaging study. However, not all institutions are prepared to implement these solutions.

A team of East Coast researchers found the effectiveness of artificial intelligence (AI)-based decision support (DS) systems depends on how they are presented in a radiologist’s clinical workflow.

Novel research led by Stephen Smith, PhD, from the Wellcome Center for Integrative Neuroimaging at the University of Oxford in the U.K.—whose team compared genetic data to 10,000 brain MRI scans from the U.K. Biobank project—gives insight into the genetic makeup of the human brain relevant to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Researchers found a modified structured reporting template to monitor ultrasound (US)-performed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) outcomes was widely adopted at their institution and accurately determined positive DVT rates across various patient locations.

New research suggests patients familiar with electronic quality-of-life (QOL) reporting are more likely to remotely complete a post-appointment questionnaire, according to an interventional radiology study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The findings may improve patient outcome data collection.

Referring physicians have distinct expectations and specific, but predominantly coherent preferences with regard to radiology reporting, according to the results of a survey issued to general practitioners and hospital-based physicians in Switzerland.

Second-opinion imaging readings can directly affect the clinical management of patients with Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) disease, reported authors of a Sept. 24 study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.