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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
David Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, professor of radiology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, incoming editor of RSNA’s journal Radiology and previously the radiologist in chief of imaging services at the NIH, at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (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.”
SIIM Chair Paul Nagy, Ph.D., FSIIM, CIIP, associate professor of radiology and deputy director of the Technology Innovation Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, discusses how informatics technology is changing medical imaging, and highlights SIIM's recent accomplishments and future endeavors.
Eliot Siegel, M.D., associate vice chair of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, vice chair of information systems, University of Maryland, and chief of radiology, VA Maryland Healthcare System, discusses how machine learning (aka artificial intelligence) is impacting radiology today and its role in the future. Read the article “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging.” See examples of how AI can assess clinical images in the VIDEO “Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Diagnostics.”
ITN also created an indepth VIDEO Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017 with interviews with numerous AI vendors.
In this video, NTT DATA Services describes enterprise imaging as the secure capture, retention, management, access and sharing of clinical images and associated data. The impact of dark data, disparate media and lack of consistent tools to access imaging are explored in terms of productivity and efficacy in a value-based care environment. This video discusses beyond the traditional VNA approach to explore ideas to consider in planning and how analytics as part of an enterprise strategy integrates into value-based care.
James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer, Innovation Care Partners, and Christopher Roth, M.D., director of imaging informatics strategy, Duke Health, explain how the joint HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup is working to enhance collaboration between various medical specialties to improve patient care.
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Rasu Shrestha, M.D., MBA, chief innovation officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), executive vice president, UPMC Enterprises and SIIM board of directors, discusses how the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is leading the transformation of healthcare into value-based medicine.
Rami Doukky, M.D., system chair, Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, discusses the new CMS requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) appropriate use criteria (AUC) documentation in cardiac imaging starting on Jan. 1, 2018. He spoke at the 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Today meeting. Read the article "CMS to Require Appropriate Use Criteria Documentation for Medical Imaging Orders."
Konica Minolta takes a top-down approach to looking at an entire facility and removing the departmental approach. Featured is the Exa Platform. It provides the infrastructure for managing data across the imaging workflow.
Alex Towbin, M.D., Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, discusses the growing importance of translational and reproducible research in medical imaging informatics at SIIM 2017.
Read the article "Essentials of Pediatric Imaging" with input from Towbin.
Philips' mission is to build intuitive, scalable and customizable products that can be easily adapted to customers' needs. This approach is the foundation for the new Philips IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition. For more information, visit www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/resources/landing/enterprise-imaging-solutions.
Kim A. Williams, Sr., M.D., chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago and former president of both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), explains the impact of healthcare reform on cardiology and specifically on nuclear perfusion imaging.
Mach7 offers an enterprise imaging platform built around neutrality. The platform is more than just a VNA. Eric Rice, chief technology officer, discusses the importance of workflow protocols.
David Wolinsky, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology at Cleveland Clinic Florida and past-president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), discusses advancements in nuclear imaging and some of the issues facing the subspecialty.
Rob Fabrizio, director of strategic marketing at Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, discusses the latest innovations in digital X-ray, including the new, portable miniature system, the FDR Aqro. For more information: www.fujifilmusa.com/products/medical/digital-x-ray/
TeraMedica, a division of Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, demonstrates Connext Mobile V2 and other new product features.
ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new technology that was displayed on the expo floor at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting. The two most significant technology advances are discussed in Fornell's blog "Two Technologies That Offer a Paradigm Shift in Medicine at HIMSS 2017." This includes examples of artificial intelligence in Medical Imaging, radiology.
Enterprise imaging system expert Louis Lannum was in charge of Cleveland Clinic's efforts to connect images and other data from 33 of its departments into a single, centralized database that could deliver the content through a viewer in the electronic medical record. He spoke on the key requirements for enterprise imaging systems at HIMSS 2017. Read the article and watch related videos at "RSNA Technology Report 2016: Enterprise Imaging."