ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the innovative new technologies on the expo floor at the 2018 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.
A discussion with Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., FAAPM, FACR, FACMP, FSCCT, professor of radiology and cardiology and chief physicist at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore. He also serves as treasurer for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and spoke to ITN at the 2018 meeting.
Watch the VIDEO Radiation Dose Monitoring in Medical Imaging, an interview with Mahesh at the 2016 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting.
A discussion with Matthew Freeman, Ph.D., scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. He spoke about his research using direct proton imaging on the treatment table without the need for other external or on-board imaging systems. He spoke at the 2018 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting.
A discussion with Martin Vallieres, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting. He explains radiomics and how it can be used in both medical imaging and radiation therapy.
Read the related article "Hidden Information Behind Imaging Tests for Cancer May Unlock New Approaches to Radiation Therapy."
Read the related article "Computer Program Beats Physicians at Brain Cancer Diagnoses."
Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D., FACR, vice president and director of advanced imaging at RadNet, discusses the latest research on the effects of gadolinium contrast retention following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams, and how facilities can best manage its use.
Sheila Sferrella, president of Regents Health Resources and Bill Finerfrock, president of Capitol Associates, discuss the new proposed rule for site-neutral imaging payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Sferrella is the chair and Finerfrock is a member of the AHRA Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Watch part 1 of the conversation with Sferrella and Finerfrock on clinical decision support updates
Watch part 2 on the CR to DR transition
Sheila Sferrella, president of Regents Health Resources and Bill Finerfrock, president of Capitol Associates, discuss the latest updates to clinical decision support (CDS)/appropriate use criteria (AUC) requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Sferrella is the chair and Finerfrock is a member of the AHRA Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Watch the related VIDEO Clinical Decision Support of the Future
Sheila Sferrella, president of Regents Health Resources and Bill Finerfrock, president of Capitol Associates, discuss the national progress in transitioning from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR) systems. Sferrella is the chair and Finerfrock is a member of the AHRA Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Watch the related Technology Report on Digital Radiography Systems
Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FSPIE, director of the Duke University Clinical Imaging Physics Group and head of the Duke medical physics graduate program, explained this new program at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting.
Angelic Bush, CRA, FAHRA, president of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), and Bill Algee, AHRA president-elect, discuss the key themes of the 2018 AHRA annual meeting and how radiology can define its value in a patient-centered care environment.
Robert Junk and Tobias Gilk, MRSO, MRSE, of architectural firm RAD-Planning, discuss the different types of safety hazards associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and how to assess your own protocols to find and eliminate inefficiencies that could lead to safety hazards.
Watch the related VIDEO New App Improves MRI Safety For Implantable Devices
Read the related article "Closing the Loopholes in MRI Safety"
This is an example of how Cherenkov radiation glow can be collected with image intensifier cameras during radiotherapy to show the exact location of the beam and the amount of dose delivered. This can be used to quickly verify everything matches the treatment plan and dosimetry. This video was shot in the booth of DoseOptics at the 2018 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). The company is developing this technology and hopes to submit it to U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for review in the next year.
A discussion with Steve Jiang, Ph.D., director of the medical artificial intelligence and automation lab and vice-chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern. He spoke in sessions at AAPM 2018 about how AI will change treatment planning, radiation oncology and medical imaging.
Watch the VIDEO: Real-world Implementation of Deep Learning for Treatment Planning — a discussion with Kevin Moore, Ph.D., DABR, deputy director of medical physics and associate professor, University of California San Diego, about his daily clinical use of an artificial intelligence treatment planning software.
American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) President Bruce Thomadsen, M.D., professor of medical physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, discusses the future direction of medical physics in a changing healthcare environment at the 2018 AAPM meeting.
A discussion with Patricia Dickson, LRT(CT), director of imaging and outpatient services, Capital Cardiology Associates, Albany, N.Y., and Nikki Weber, a lead CT technologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. They presented in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting.
At SIIM 2018, Alexander J. Towbin, M.D., Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics, Associate Chief of Radiology Informatics, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, discusses the meaning of patient engagement and describes some of the patient engagement initiatives that he has seen successfully implemented in various practices.
Read the article "Essentials of Pediatric Imaging" with input from Towbin.
Change Healthcare is looking at how to apply AI into enterprise imaging by using algorithms to change data into knowledge. For more information go to www.changehealthcare.com.
ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr interviews Eliot Siegel, M.D., radiology professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of Imaging Services at the VA Maryland Health Care System.
It’s ridiculous to think that in the coming two decades, artificial intelligence will replace radiologists, says AI expert Eliot Siegel, M.D. Even if AI got good at reading medical images, “radiologists do much more than that,” he says.
In the accompanying video interview, Siegel, a radiology professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of Imaging Services at the VA Maryland Health Care System, will highlight these and other reasons why it’s ridiculous to think computers will replace radiologists. He’ll discuss them during a SIIM debate on the subject June 2 that will include Bradley J. Erickson, M.D., associate research chair in the radiology department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
AI might not replace radiologists, but it could radically change the practice of radiology in just a few years, he says. During a SIIM session June 1, Siegel will moderate discussions among executives from several companies, including GE Healthcare and newcomer Aidoc, who will look at radiology AI applications and roadmap how these and future applications will incorporate AI.
One thing is for sure, says Siegel: AI is going to dramatically increase radiologists’ use of lab data, genomics and digital pathology. Several of these data types may become integral parts of reading oncologic images, according to Siegel, who will provide details at SIIM May 31 in “Point-of-Care Precision Medicine: Real-time Radiomics-Genomics in the Reading Room.”
Editor’s note: This pre-SIIM video interview is the first in a series of three by Greg Freiherr. The series features industry luminaries discussing key issues associated with the upcoming SIIM conference. The first interview, Building An Effective Enterprise Imaging Strategy featuring Kim Garriott, can be viewed here.
Related Video: ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane discusses "Machine Learning and the Future of Radiology" with Eliot Siegel at SIIM 2017.
ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr interviews Kim Garriott, Principal Consultant, Logicalis
The rapidly expanding volume of unstructured data, exemplified by medical images, underscores the need to develop an enterprise imaging strategy, says Kim Garriott, principal consultant at Logicalis, a global provider of IT solutions and managed services.
In the accompanying video interview, Garriott explains how the combination of these two may form a convincing argument for the leadership of your organization to move forward with enterprise imaging.
On June 1, at the upcoming SIIM 2018 convention, she will co-host the continuing education session “Achieving Enterprise Imaging Maturity,” during which she and the HIMSS-SIIM Workgroup will present the new Digital Imaging Adoption Maturity Model. DIAM, as it is called, is designed to support real-time collaboration and patient-centric care by providing a method to address enterprise-wide imaging challenges.
When developing an enterprise imaging strategy, organizations must consider their specific needs, which are characterized in “use cases.” Garriott, who is the global chair of the HIMSS analytic DIAM Development team and co-chair of the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup, explains that these use cases constitute one very important element of the enterprise imaging strategy. Another is construction of a “data governance model.” This model is needed to guide the capture of data and is essential to the success of enterprise imaging.
Editor’s Note: This pre-SIIM video interview is the first in a series of three by ITN Contributing Editor, Greg Freiherr. The series features industry luminaries discussing key issues associated with the upcoming SIIM conference.
Related Video: ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis discusses, "Enterprise Imaging and the Digital Imaging Adoption Model" with Kim Garriott at HIMSS 2018.
ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Karen Hou, M.D., breast radiologist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., about the hospital's use of new technology and innovative practices. Read more about the clinic the article "High-Risk Clinic Arms Patients Against Breast Cancer."
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ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis explores how the mobile stroke unit (MSU) program at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., is changing the paradigm of care for stroke patients in the western suburbs of Chicago and beyond.
ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane speaks to DenseBreast-info Executive Director JoAnn Pushkin as the website celebrates three years as an information resource on breast density for patients and providers. Pushkin also discusses the latest developments in breast density notification and screening guidelines.
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Organizations who are embarking on an enterprise imaging journey share many of the same questions and concerns regarding how to best optimize workflow across providers, departments and facilities; which technologies will provide the best fit for achieving the future vision; and how to maximize value and accelerate return on investment by driving adoption and improving satisfaction among providers and healthcare consumers (patients).
We, Paragon Consulting Partners LLC (PCP Imaging), are a team of passionate healthcare professionals that bring over 100 years of collective clinical, technical and business leadership experience within the healthcare IT and imaging informatics industries. In this video we address the key challenges and considerations faced by organizations undertaking an Enterprise Imaging journey, and how a trusted partner can contribute valuable expertise and guidance that enable healthcare organizations and vendors of any size to successfully tackle even their most challenging enterprise imaging initiatives. For more information, visit pcpimaging.com.
ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of artificial intelligence advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting. AI was by far the hottest topic in sessions and on the expo floor at RSNA 2017. Here are links to related deep learning, machine learning coverage:
Kim Garriott, principal consultant, healthcare solutions, at Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, describes the remaining obstacles to enterprise imaging adoption and explains how the new DIAM for Enterprise Imaging, launched at HIMSS18, can provide a roadmap for future technology adoption.
Related Enterprise Imaging Content:
Jonathan Teich, M.D., chief medical information officer for InterSystems, discusses the growth of clinical decision support in the United States, what he believes will drive further growth and the ways it may be used in the future
Fujifilm details its latest innovations in women's health including its ASPIRE Cristalle mammography system with digital breast tomosynthesis software option and its Synapse 5 PACS and VNA, enabling secure, easy-to-manage storage and access to the complete patient imaging record throughout the healthcare enterprise.
FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. and FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., are offering a full-suite pediatric solutions portfolio, complete with digital radiography (DR), healthcare IT and point-of-care ultrasound to serve the world's most unique patients.
This 5 megapixel, high-brightness color monitor has the high-definition display necessary for breast imaging. It combines ease-of-use, such as a narrow bezel design to help your eyes swiftly move from one monitor to another, with new functions to help you focus on your work and maintain high performance.
Read more about the display and its FDA clearance in the article "Eizo RadiForce RX560 Monitor Receives FDA 510(k) for Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography."
David Widmann, president and CEO of Konica Minolta, looks at what the future of healthcare can bring to its customers, focusing on the imaging space.
Kiyotaka Fujii, global healthcare senior executive officer and president of Konica Minolta, discusses the company's medical strategy as it grows into precision medicine.
ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis demonstrates several mobile apps designed to help pediatric patients learn what an MRI exam is like to help calm their fears and make it easier to conduct the exam. Read the article "Pediatric MRI Calming Techniques"
ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 annual meeting. Read the article RSNA Technology Report 2017: Enterprise Imaging.
Related Enterprise Imaging Content:
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.
For more information: www.nttdata.com
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.
For more information: www.vitalimages.com
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.