ITN Editor Dave Fornell previews the launch of augmented reality (AR) technology in the January/February 2018 issue of ITN. Augmented reality brings new depth to print content through your smartphone by connecting to related videos and other resources.
Mitchell Goldburgh, global solutions manager for enterprise imaging and analytics manager for NTT Data Services, formerly Dell Services, explains how the company helps unlock the true value of medical imaging data to enhance return on investment.
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Built on an over 25-year pioneering legacy in the advanced visualization industry, Vital continues to expand on three product lines that make up its Vitrea Enterprise Imaging portfolio: Vitrea Vision, Vitrea Connection and Vitrea Intelligence. Vital’s comprehensive enterprise imaging portfolio enables facilities to build a consolidated and standardized enterprise imaging strategy to meet the demands of today’s healthcare environment without the typical barriers associated with consolidating and standardizing. To introduce you to the full line of solutions, we’ll follow a fictional patient through an episode of care to see how Vital Images’ technologies help caregivers to efficiently provide high-quality care.
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Mindray recently featured a new upgrade for its premium Resona 7 ultrasound system at the Radiological Society of North America annual conference. The new upgrade is based on the system’s core ZONE Sonography Technology (ZST+), which enables software upgrades for new applications such as contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), Sound Touch shear wave elastography and 10 new transducer options. Other imaging, software, and calculation enhancements include fetal CNS “Smart Planes,” “Smart Pelvis” and a dedicated pelvic congestion syndrome package. The new transducers include C6-2GU interventional/intraoperative; C11-3U microconvex; P10-4U and P7-3U phased pediatric cardiac; P7-3TU adult transesophageal; L16-4HU; SC6-1U and DE10-3WU (3D). There are also two new CW transducers, CW2S and CW5S, for the support of shared service. The new upgrade is expected to be available to Resona 7 customers early next year. For more information: www.mindraynorthamerica.com
Konica Minolta President of Healthcare IT Steve Deaton details new features in the Exa Platform designed to improve clinician efficiency from the beginning of patient care through completion. For more information, visit www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa
ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows several examples of how vendors are incorporating AI, deep learning algorithms into their medical imaging information system and the modalities themselves to speed workflow, improve imaging accuracy, improve reimbursements, monitor analytics in real time and eliminate the need for humans to do tedious, time consuming tasks. These examples were seen on the show floor at at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting. For more on deep learning, watch the VIDEO "Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017," and an interview with Adam Flanders, M.D., chair of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee, in the VIDEO "How Utilization of Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Radiology." ITN also created an indepth VIDEO Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017 with interviews with numerous AI vendors.
Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, discussed MRI neurology quantification apps at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting. Read the article “Software Advances in MRI Technology.” Watch the VIDEO “Neuroimaging Advances.”
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder, Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy. Read the article “The Evolution of Breast Imaging Technology.” Watch the VIDEO “Implementing Advanced Breast Imaging Technology.”
ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies on the expo floor at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Watch the editor’s choice video for new health IT technologies at HIMSS 2017, new advances in cardiac ultrasound at ASE 2017, and CT advances at the SCCT 2017 meeting.
A post-game roundup by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell on the key trend of artificial intelligence seen on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting.
For more on artificial intelligence at RSNA 2017, watch the VIDEO "How Utilization of Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Radiology." For more trends in imaging, watch the VIDEO "Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017." ITN also created an indepth VIDEO Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017 with interviews with numerous AI vendors.
Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discusses the heightened concerns about gadolinium, which may cause adverse effects in some patients. Watch the VIDEO “How Serious is MRI Gadolinium Retention in the Brain, Body?” with Max Wintermark, M.D. Read the articles “FDA: No Harm in MRI Gadolinium Retention in the Brain,” and “European Medicines Agency Issues Update on Gadolinium Contrast Agents.”
A post-game roundup by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell on the trends and new tech seen on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting. The biggest overarching trend for this year at RSNA was the explosion of artificial intelligence integration into imaging systems and medical imaging information technology. For more on the AI trend, watch the VIDEO "How Utilization of Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Radiology," with Adam Flanders, M.D.
Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, explains the new mobile application he developed, which lets users visually model the forces at work during an MRI exam on patients with implanted medical devices, at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.
Read the related article “The Changing Relationship Between MRIs and Pacemakers.”
J. Anthony Seibert, Ph.D., professor and chair of informatics, University of California Davis, describes the security vulnerabilities specific to radiology departments and how they can be combated at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.
Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, discussed MRI contrast safety issues at RSNA 2017. Read the article “FDA: No Harm in MRI Gadolinium Retention in the Brain,” and “European Medicines Agency Issues Update on Gadolinium Contrast Agents.” Watch the VIDEO “Big Concerns Remain for MRI Gadolinium Contrast Safety at RSNA 2017,” and interview with Emanuel Kanal, M.D.
Dianna Bardo M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3-D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children's Hospital, discusses how 3-D printing and other advanced imaging modalities can help improve outcomes in complex cases. Read the article “The Use of 3-D Printing in Cardiology.” Watch the WEBINAR “Innovation and Success in 3D-inspired Development of the Business and Clinical Practice,” presented by Bardo.
Adam Flanders, M.D., co-director, neuroradiology and vice-chair of informatics at Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, and chair of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee, discusses the impact of AI at RSNA 2017. Read the article “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging.” Watch the related VIDEO “Machine Learning and the Future of Radiology,” an interview with Eliot Siegel, M.D.
Martin Yaffe, Ph.D., FAAPM, senior scientist, physical sciences/imaging research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and professor of medical biophysics and medical imaging, University of Toronto, discusses how contrast-enhanced mammography can improve breast cancer detection at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.
Stamatia Destounis, M.D., FACR, associate professor, University of Rochester School of Medicine, attending radiologist, Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, explains recent advances in mammography and dense breast imaging at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Read the article “The Evolution of Breast Imaging Technology.” Watch the VIDEO “Implementing Advanced Breast Imaging Technology.”
Dee Dee Wang, M.D., Director, Structural Heart Imaging at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, explains how her center uses 3-D printing and computer aided design (CAD) software to improve patient outcomes. She spoke to ITN at the 2017 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting. Read the articles “The Use of 3-D Printing in Cardiology” and “Henry Ford Hospital Study Shows 3-D Imaging Improves Fixing Broken Hearts.”
Chris Toth, president, global commercial and field operations for Varian, takes a tour of Varian’s new product introductions and major initiatives highlighted at ASTRO 2017. These include:
• The Halcyon system, a new platform for cancer treatment that simplifies and enhances virtually every aspect of image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Halcyon is a powerfully intuitive platform designed to help improve and strengthen the fight against cancer and enable access to high quality care anywhere in the world.
• The 360 Oncology care management platform, designed to integrate and coordinate patient care across the entire treatment and post-treatment journey. 360 Oncology brings together in a single platform, radiation, medical and surgical oncology, social services, primary care physicians, as well as the patient, to facilitate true collaboration and coordination.
• The latest release of Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning software, incorporating both Multi-Criteria Optimization (MCO) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Support. MCO enables planners to look at tradeoffs in a treatment plan when different clinical criteria are varied, greatly enhancing control over optimization. GPU support decreases the dose calculation and inverse planning optimization times, providing a significant leap forward in speed.
• HyperArc high definition radiotherapy, technology that unlocks the potential of non-coplanar treatment strategies to usher in a new era of precision in the delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).
For more information: www.varian.com
William Hall, M.D., radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash., discusses study results presented at theAmerican Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2016. Video courtesy of Dr. Hall. You can read Dr. Hall's article on this topic, Breast Cancer Radiation Planning, here.
David Beyer, M.D., chairman of the board for the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), discusses the key themes of the 2017 Annual Meeting and the issues ASTRO will focus on going into 2018.
Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Scientific Committee, explains how research presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting was chosen to reflect new trends in radiation therapy.
The new Visicoil MR is a helically-wound, flexible linear fiducial marker. The Visicoil MR hollow core design and multiple sizes mitigates the CT artifact often created by traditional gold seeds, offering you clearer visualization of the tissue to aid in faster and more accurate contouring. Visicoil MR's linear flexible design fixates and remains stable in soft tissue, giving you the confidence in accurate marker localization. Visicoil MR is available in some of the smallest needle sizes available for fiducial markers, including 21g and 22g needles. The benefits of smaller needles are improved patient safety and comfort during implantation. The smaller needles may also allow for faster CT sim after implant and ultimately treatment for your patients. The new Visicoil MR with enhanced MRI visibility allows you to see the marker more easily in MRI, both in T1 and T2. This makes for easier and faster MR/CT fusion.
Philips PerformanceBridge Practice dashboard, developed on the HealthSuite digital platform, offers at-a-glance insights into uptime, operations and performance across your imaging equipment. The dashboard also provides actionable recommendations, case studies and training alerts.
Prem Soman, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at the Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and president-elect of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explained advances in PET and SPECT imaging and the learning curve involved in reading scans from the new CZT SPECT cameras. Watch the VIDEO: Trends in Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, an iknterview with David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Read the related article "Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging."
Randy Thompson, M.D., attending cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, explains protocols and what to consider when working with the newer generation CZT-SPECT camera systems for nuclear cardiology. He spoke during the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today technology update meeting. Watch the related VIDEO "PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology." Read the related articles "Managing Dose in PET and SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging," and "Advances in Cardiac Nuclear Imaging."
Melissa Martin, MS, president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), discusses her vision of the role of medical physics in healthcare and highlights the association's initiatives at the 2017 AAPM annual meeting in Denver.
Jared Houk, vice president, imaging business unit, for Agfa HealthCare North America, previews the DR800 at AHRA 2017. Read the article "Agfa HealthCare Previews New DR 800 Imaging System at AHRA 2017."
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Mark Pankuch, Ph.D., director of medical physics at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, discusses the clinical applications and practical aspects of operating a proton therapy center at the 2017 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting.
Nancy Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy, explains how a personalized breast screening program can improve cancer detection for women with dense breasts at the 2017 AHRA annual meeting in Anaheim. Read an article by Cappello “Fake News: Having Dense Breast Tissue is No Big Deal,” or the article "Raising the Bar For Cancer Detection in Dense Breast Tissue."
Angelic McDonald, MSRS, CRA, FAHRA, regional director of imaging, Baylor Scott & White Health and the president-elect of AHRA, discusses the biggest challenges she and other radiology administrators face at the 2017 AHRA annual meeting in Anaheim. Read the related article "Two Key Issues Keeping Radiologists Up at Night in 2017."
Woojin Kim, M.D., chief medical information officer, Nuance Communications, explains how analytics solutions can help healthcare providers practice high-quality care and how to implement the technology at the 2017 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting. Read the article "Analytics: The Next Big Health IT Undertaking," and the blog "Will Big Data Analytics Kickoff a New Golden Age for Radiology?"
DAIC and ITN Editor Dave Fornell discusses some of the most innovative new computed tomography (CT) technology and trends at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2017 meeting. Read the article "Advances in Cardiac CT Technology" and watch VIDEO: Advances in Cardiac CT Imaging.
Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President Jason Newmark, CRA, FAHRA, and CEO Ed Cronin highlight the association's accomplishments in the last 12 months and discuss how it will help its members face coming changes in healthcare.
Matthew Budoff, M.D., FACC, professor of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, endowed chair of preventive cardiology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, discusses the PROMISE and PICTURE trials at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2017 meeting. Watch the VIDEO "The Role of Cardic CT in Value-based Medicine."
Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., director of clinical research and professor of medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, and past-president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, discusses how cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) offers value in today's cost-conscience environment at the SCCT 2017 meeting. Watch the VIDEO “Value–based Imaging,” and interview with Daniel Berman, M.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Watch the VIDEO ”The Value of the Cardiovascular Service Line.” An interview with Linda Gillam, M.D., Atlantic Health System, who suggests how cardiology-related services can demonstrate their value to providers and patients.
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, director of cardiac CT, Georgetown Medical Center, and president of the Society of Cardiovascular CT (SCCT), at the SCCT 2017 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “The Future of Cardiac CT in the Next Decade,” an interview with Leslee Shaw, Ph.D. Read the related article “Advances in Cardiac CT Technology.”
Nationwide adoption of the Enterprise Imaging Health Record is inevitable as networks strive to improve patient safety and cost-to-diagnosis. But to optimize the EHR successfully requires thoughtful selection of systems, partners and governance processes. Enjoy this brief overview of what the successful selection should deliver.