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VIDEO: Use of Telemedicine in Medical Imaging During COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 27, 2020

Regina Druz, M.D., FASNC, a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Board of Directors, chairwomen of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Healthcare Innovation Section, and a cardiologist at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, N.Y., explains the rapid expansion of telemedicine with the U.S. spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2).

Druz spoken on the unprecedented expansion of telemedicine in the U.S., which more use in the last two weeks since states started calling for shelter in place orders, as opposed to the past two decades. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) previously only reimbursed for Telehealth in rural areas it determined had a shortage of doctors. However, in early March 2020, CMS dropped the geographic requirements and allowed Telehealth usage across th country as a way to mitigate person-to-person contact and keep vulnerable, older patients at home for routine check ups with doctors.

Druz has subspecialty certifications in nuclear cardiology, adult echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography (CT) and explains how Telehealth can be used to pre-screen patients and get patient sign off on procedures prior to coming in for an exam, helping speed the process in the hospital and limit personal contact.

Concerns about the rpaid spread of COVID-19 also has driven many radiology departments to convert to wider use of teleradiology to allow more radiologists to work from home and reduce person-to-person contact within the hospitals. 

Watch the related VIDEO: Use of Teleradiology During the COVID-19 Pandemic — an interview with John Kim, M.D., chairman, Department of Radiology, THR Presbyterian Plano, Texas, and chief technology officer at Texas Radiology Associates.

 

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Radiology Imaging

RSNA 2015 | December 11, 2015

ITN/DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows his choices for some of the most innovative new imaging technologies on the expo floor at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

Ultrasound Imaging | December 11, 2015

Interview with Jon Brubaker, MBA, RCVT, ultrasound technology analyst, MD Buyline, explains the trends and new technology he saw at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

Radiology Imaging | December 08, 2015

Discover how Philips is helping community hospitals maximize value in limited workspaces.

X-Ray | December 07, 2015

Researchers have developed software for the Microsoft Kinect gaming console that measures body part thickness and checks for motion, positioning and beam adjustment immediately before X-ray imaging, according to a feasibility study presented at the 2015 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The technology may help reduce radiation exposure and aid in higher quality images to ensure diagnostic accuracy. Microsoft Kinect was originally developed as a motion sensor and facial and voice recognition device for the Xbox gaming system that enabled players to play games without a standard controller. Subsequently, the technology has been adapted for select non-gaming applications. For this feasibility study, researchers combined the technology of the Microsoft Kinect 1.0 with proprietary software to address common problems that affect imaging results, including body-part thickness and motion. This fail-safe helps to reduce or eliminate common causes of unnecessary repeat image acquisition. Read the story

Ultrasound Imaging | December 07, 2015

Research presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting. In the first study of its kind, researchers recorded simultaneous audio and visual evidence of knuckles cracking. The images showed a bright flash on ultrasound, like a firework exploding in the joint, an unexpected finding. There have been several theories over the years and a fair amount of controversy about what is happening in the joint when it cracks. Researchers believe the cracking sound and bright flash on ultrasound are related to the dynamic changes in pressure associated with a gas bubble in the joint. As for which comes first — the cracking sound or the flash of light — more research is needed. Read the story 

Digital Radiography (DR) | November 24, 2015

The DRX Plus 3543 Detector is faster, lighter and more reliable, as compared to the DRX-1 Detectors, and is IPX37 fluid resistant. The DRX Detector can be shared across all DRX products. Watch video now.

Radiology Imaging | August 07, 2015

ITN Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices for some of the most innovative new technology on the show floor at the 2015 AHRA meeting in Las Vegas.

Radiology Imaging | August 07, 2015

Interview with Dave Fox, AHRA president, and president of the North Campus, system vice president of statewide network development, St. Vincent Health, Little Rock, Ark.

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 07, 2015

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares some of the most innovative new technologies shown on the expo floor and discusses in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2015 annual meeting.

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with Harold Litt, M.D., Ph.D., chief of cardiovascular imaging section and associate professor of radiology, University of Pennsylvania. He also served as co-principal investigator of the ACRIN-PA study of cardiac CT use in the emergency department (ED). Litt spoke in sesveral sessions on how to begin using cardiac CT to evaluate chest pain to quickly rule in or rule out heart attacks.

Read more about the ACRIN-PA trial. 

Watch a video of Litt explaining the trial.

 

 

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with James Min, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Medicine and Director of Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine, Weill Cornell, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015

Interview with Daniel Berman, M.D., FACC, chief of Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology, professor of imaging, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

August 05, 2015

Interview with Ricardo Cury, M.D., FAHA, FSCCT, FACC, president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and chairman of radiology, director of cardiac imaging, Baptist Health of South Florida, Miami. He explains recent key trials, radiation dose and perfusion imaging.

Medical 3-D Printing | August 05, 2015

Interview with Dee Dee Wang, M.D., FACC, FASE, advanced structural heart imaging staff cardiologist, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, about the use of 3-D printing to aid procedural planning and guidance in complex structural heart cases.

Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2015

During the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 57th annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Imaging Technology News’ editorial director Melinda Taschetta-Millane spoke with Michael F. McNitt-Gray, PhD, FAAPM, about his abstract on Size-Specific, Scanner-Independent Fetal Dose Estimates in Abdominal and Pelvic CT Examinations of Pregnant Patients, which was presented at the meeting.

Breast Imaging | July 29, 2015

During the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 57th annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., graduate student researcher at the University of California/Davis Andrew M. Hernandez discussed screening and dose distribution for women with dense breasts, and its implications for mammography.

Radiation Oncology | July 28, 2015

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) President John Boone, Ph.D., discusses the impact of imaging in medical physics, as well as key topics addressed at this year’s meeting, with Imaging Technology News Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 29, 2015

Interview at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting with Federico Asch, M.D., M.D., FACC, FASE, associate director of the echocardiography core lab at Medstar Health Research Institute and assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Georgetown University.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 26, 2015

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices for the most innovative new echocardiography technologies and trends at the 2015 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 26, 2015

Interview at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting with Federico Asch, M.D., M.D., FACC, FASE, associate director of the echocardiography core lab at Medstar Health Research Institute and assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Georgetown University. He explains how ultrasound might have a roll in the future for breaking up clots and targeted delivery of gene and drug therapies.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 17, 2015

Role of Interventional Echcardiography in Transcatheter Structural Heart Procedures — Rebecca Hahn, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center, is an expert in the new subspecialty of interventional echo and shares her insights at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's (CRF) Transcatheter Valve Therapies (TVT) conference in Chicago in June.

Information Technology | June 04, 2015

Donald Dennison, director-at-large on the Board of Directors for SIIM, shares his thoughts on "the next imaging evolution" during the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2015 annual meeting in Washington, D.C., and the technical and market forces that are driving this change.

Information Technology | April 23, 2015

DAIC/ITN Editor Dave Fornell shows examples of new healthcare IT technology at the 2015 HIMSS meeting that will change the future of healthcare. These include healthcare wearable devices, smart phone apps, virtual training software, population health data, and technology for patient engagement.

Breast Imaging | April 01, 2015

Barbara Rabinowitz, Ph.D., MSW, RN, founder of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, talks with ITN editorial director Melinda Taschetta-Millane during NCoBC's 25th anniversary conference, and addresses the very important topic of survivorship.

Breast Density | March 27, 2015

Dense breast tissue can mask the appearance of tumors and limit the performance of mammography. When used as an adjunct to mammography, Invenia ABUS from GE Healthcare has been shown to improve invasive breast cancer detection by 55% over mammography alone.

Breast Imaging | March 24, 2015

Kristie Bobolis, M.D., program chair for the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the role of genetic testing, how it is evolving, and how a physician best assess the high-risk patient.

Breast Imaging | March 24, 2015

Barbara Rabinowitz, Ph.D., MSW, RN, founder of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, talks with ITN editorial director Melinda Taschetta-Millane during NCoBC's 25th anniversary conference, and addresses the very important topic of survivorship.

Breast Density | March 24, 2015

Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses breast density, updates from the legislative front and the latest breast screening technology.

Breast Imaging | March 24, 2015

Jennifer Gass, M.D., FACS, incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the impact of breast surgery on a woman's sense of sexuality, and her future goals during her presidency of NCBC.

Breast Density | January 15, 2015

Volpara now offers products to track breast density in mammography, X-ray radiation dose and analytical data. The company now integrates with tomosynthesis 3-D mammo systems. The technology has installations in 31 countries.

PACS | December 22, 2014

William Way, M.D., director of diagnostic imaging at Wake Radiology, explains how he is building an enterprise-wide imaging system and offers advice on what to look for when shopping for a replacement PACS. Here are some questions to ask prospective PACS vendors.

He was interviewed at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.

Digital Radiography (DR) | December 19, 2014

At RSNA 2014, Konica Minolta released a durable DR detector panel for extreme environments, a new DR panel designed for orthopedic use and a hand-carried ultrasound system for point of care use.

Digital Radiography (DR) | December 19, 2014

At RSNA 2014, Fujifilm highlighted improvements with its digital radiography (DR) X-ray technology. This includes the newly redesigned FDR D-EVO II wireless detector, FDR GO mobile DR system and Fujifilm's new Virtual Grid technology to post-process images to reduce X-ray scatter.

Ultrasound Imaging | December 18, 2014

Carestream introduced the Touch ultrasound system at RSNA 2014. This premium system uses an all- touchscreen interface and is the first of a series of new ultrasound systems Carestream plans to roll-out over the next couple years, each using a similar touchscreen interface system.

Breast Imaging | December 15, 2014

ITN discusses the recent trends and advances in breast imaging at RSNA 2014 with Laurie Fajardo, M.D., MBA chief of breast imaging, University of Iowa.  Read the following related articles on breast imaging: Mammographic Breast Density — What It MeansTrends in Breast ImagingDense Breast Tissue: Supplemental Imaging; and Breast Density: Are You Informed?

Radiology Imaging | December 12, 2014

Many of the key trends in radiology seen at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 meeting are discussed by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell.