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November 2018

FEATURES

A Bigger Stage
Liver health continues to figure prominently in the national health care discussion. Recent developments in ultrasound and multimodality imaging offer radiologists wider options for staging and assessing liver diseases. Check out some of the latest advances.

Lab Values
Though the rewards of 3D printing are tough to quantify in dollars and cents, organizations that have gotten in on the ground floor are not looking back. As the discussion widens into CPT codes, quality control, and reimbursement, we'll put you in the know and help you decide: Is it time to get your organization on board? 

A New Spin on MRI Contrast
Despite several high-profile questions being raised over the long term, gadolinium remains the industry's go-to contrast agent. Some innovators, however, are getting the sense that it's time for the next big thing; we'll check in with a few who are getting out in front.

Less Strain, More Gain
As imaging volumes continue their inexorable growth, repetitive strain and burnout have become significant pains in the neck—not to mention the back, elbow, and wrist. Optimized ergonomics can help smooth out the bumps and bruises in radiology workflow. 

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Editor's Note
A Slice of RSNA

CT Slice
Lung Cancer Screening Program Guide Unveiled

Imaging Informatics
6 Ways to Get an Extra Radiologist for Free

On the Case

Products and Services

Managing to Succeed
Beyond RVUs

Women's Imaging
The Time Is Now for the USPSTF to Reevaluate DBT Efficacy

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

October 2018

FEATURES

Agents of Change
Prostate cancer patients still face solemn prospects, but newly available radionuclide agents are presenting intriguing possibilities and the medical community is taking notice.

Image-Enabled Patients
A Maryland-based health care system is linking patients and physicians via a cloud-based image-sharing protocol and finding that the forecast is hazy for the old CD-centric business model.

Screening Calls
New metrics and modalities have radiologists rethinking breast cancer risk stratification. Find out what's being done to ensure that women receive the right exam at the right time. 

The ABCs of AR and VR
A distinguished panel of experts offers the most comprehensive analysis of augmented and virtual reality to yet appear within the pages of Radiology Today

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Editor's Note
Stealth Care

Reporter's Notebook
News From SNMMI 2018

Billing and Coding
Overreads, Outside Reads, and Second Interpretations: What Radiologists Need to Know

Interventional News
Intuitive Pain Relief

Products and Services

On the Case

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

September 2018

FEATURES

Lives in Their Hands
A pediatric hospital in Orlando demonstrates that tangible 3D renderings of internal organs ease uncertainty for families whose children are in need of major medical procedures.

The Need for Speed
Quicker scans mean greater patient satisfaction and savings that go directly to the bottom line. Radiologists are upping efficiency across the board, with everything from awe-inspiring breakthroughs to the most retro human touches in their toolbox. 

More With Less
What does an aeronautical wind tunnel have to do with reducing radiology dose? Catch up on some of the innovations spurring the industry's efforts to obtain sharper images while keeping long-term consequences to a minimum. 

Comparison Shopping for Your Archive
When it comes to PACS and VNAs, one size does not fit all. Facilities should make proper assessments of their needs and avoid decision-making shortcuts when choosing between multiple technologies and vendors. 

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Editor's Note
Resourceful Imaging

Managing to Succeed
Keeping It in the House

Molecular Imaging News
TRT With Immunotherapy May Improve Melanoma Survival

CT Slice
A New View of Radiation Therapy

2018 Buyers' Guide

Products and Services

Second Opinions

 

August 2018

FEATURES

From the Arcade to the Reading Room
Taking a page from the virtual reality gamer's playbook, Project Clara upgrades imaging modalities with cutting-edge visuals and ratchets imaging up a notch.

Time for a Change?
Upgrades, retrofits, refurbs—the variables can be imposing. Hear what some experts have to say about the assessment and management of the CT life cycle. 

Socially Acceptable
Twitter, Facebook, and related platforms have revolutionized the dissemination of information. Insiders show why there's no reason radiologists shouldn't keep pace.

Remote Access
Time is always a crucial factor impacting patient care, but teleultrasound is giving time-strapped radiologists the upper hand—not to mention a much wider range of coverage.    

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Editor's Note
Next-Gen Radiology

Interventional News
Evolving Ecosystems

Imaging Informatics
Should Patient Records Stay or Go?

MRI Monitor
A Matter of Protocol

Billing and Coding
Filling In the Blanks

On the Case
 
News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

July 2018

FEATURES

Mobile DR Advances
Refinements to DR portability, connectivity, and reliability are making it easier for X-ray technologists to consistently produce impressive results.

Pressing Issue
Patient comfort is a paramount factor influencing a woman's decision to undergo potentially life-saving mammography. Practices are taking this into account and seeing an uptick in image quantity and quality.

It Takes Two
Combining imaging and surgery units into one convenient location, hybrid operating rooms are transforming medical practice by streamlining the patient—and health care provider—experience.

Clean Sweep
Reducing health care–associated infection, as prioritized by The Joint Commission and others, presents specific challenges and opportunities to the radiology industry.

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Editor's Note
Smoothing Out the Bumps

Imaging Informatics
Critical Connection

Managing to Succeed
Radiology's Cybersecurity Landscape

On the Case

Molecular Imaging News

Ultrasound News

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

June 2018

FEATURES

Team Perspective
In the hope that no red flag goes unheeded, industry professionals are communicating with health care team members at every stage—even after radiological services are rendered.

Traveling Companion
Recent advances in portability, clarity, battery technology, and cloud computing are being greeted warmly among imaging professionals, who are finding that ultrasound technology can be harnessed under novel circumstances and at substantial savings.

PET Projects
An uptick in AI-focused clinical research, which could herald a quantum leap forward in PET imaging, is catching the attention of nuclear medicine professionals. 

Safety First
Despite an increased focus on MRI safety over the past decade, accidents still occur, sometimes with tragic consequences. We speak with some safety experts to outline best practices for the MRI suite. 

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Editor's Note
Refocusing Radiology

CT Slice
Scoring Opportunity

Interventional News
Advanced Neuroradiology Techniques Improve Children's Outcomes

Billing and Coding
Medicare to Mandate Appropriate Use Criteria

News Scan

Products and Services

On the Case

Target on Therapy
Hydrogel Reduces Prostate Cancer Treatment Complications

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

May 2018

FEATURES

Cross-Pollinating the Enterprise
Businesses specializing in artificial intelligence continue to forge alliances with enterprise imaging companies. Image interpretation remains the long-term goal, but, amid a flurry of groundbreaking algorithms, some tangible AI-centric innovations are gaining traction in the enterprise. 

Diagnosis: Paralysis by Analysis
When it comes to radiologic devices, precision is quantifiable to the smallest subatomic particle. In the larger context of health care, however, third parties and regulatory agencies demand a different, more elusive, quantification of value. 

On Display
Mobility and medical-grade functionality are among the topics driving the radiology display and monitor industry. We check in with some experts to see what's trending upward and making the radiologist's job a little bit easier.

Building Blocks
Like seemingly all aspects of the profession, CT technology is susceptible to the growing influence of AI. Learn what refinements are being made to existing applications and what innovations are poised to revolutionize CT workflow.

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Editor's Note
New Growth

Imaging Informatics
Democratizing Data

Reporter's Notebook
News From SIR 2018

Ultrasound News
Smooth Flow

MRI Monitor
Welcome to the Machine

Products and Services

On the Case

Imaging IT Spotlight

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

April 2018

FEATURES

Bridging the Gaps
Mergers, acquisitions, expansions, disparate data systems—all in a day's work for breast imaging enterprises looking to adapt to ever-changing regulatory standards while maintaining impeccable customer service. Learn how savvy facilities are applying IT to stay ahead of the curve.

Evolving Expectations
Radiologists are unanimous that artificial intelligence will be integral to the practices of the future. Find out some novel applications being eyed for the near term, and others coming to fruition in the here and now.

Measuring Up
Echocardiography is an invaluable but nuanced tool in the fight against heart disease. When every second counts, diagnostic insight facilitated by deep learning technology can be the difference that it makes.

Sharp Insight
Combining a linear accelerator with MRI technology, MR-linacs are affording radiologists an unprecedented assessment of tumors, particularly those most affected by the ebb and flow of respiration, and promising ultratargeted radiation therapy.

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Editor's Note
Ways and Means

Imaging Informatics
Virtually Done

Oncology News
Closer to the Heart

Managing to Succeed
If You Buy It, Will They Come?

Inside View
Alternate Career Pathways

On the Case

News Scan

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

March 2018

FEATURES

Another View of Breast Density
Amid the challenges associated with screening dense breast tissue, ultrasound modalities dedicated to breast diagnosis are gaining traction as a complement to traditional X-ray-based mammography.

Ascending to the Next Level
A landmark study making the first-ever comparison between low dose rate prostate brachytherapy and traditional dose-escalated therapy has physicians rethinking their approach to patients with prostate cancer.

Extended Reach
Flat-panel detectors, 3D imaging, and motorization are a few trending topics in the mobile C-arm industry. Find out where things stand and where the industry is headed.

In the Flow: Part 2 — Equitable Scheduling Prevents Burnout, Delivers Better Patient Care
The second segment of our two-part series examines the personnel issues surrounding the modern radiology facility—subspecialties, timeliness, automation, wear and tear—and offers strategies to synchronize the many moving parts.

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Editor's Note
Shifting Perspectives

Imaging Informatics
Expanding EHR Horizons Require Effective IG

Interventional News
New Conception

Billing and Coding
Double-Check Your Chemoembolization Coding

MRI Monitor

On the Case

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

February 2018

FEATURES

3D Printing Takes Shape
The demand for 3D-printed models is only getting bigger, and radiologists promise to figure prominently as the awe-inspiring possibilities unfold.

Expanded Coverage
As legislation continues to influence radiology practice and manufacturers refine their products to stay ahead of the curve, CT is making a difference for radiologists in new and unexpected ways.

Balancing Act
Experts agree that even modest dose reductions can have a measurable impact on population health. To secure the best outcomes for patients and providers, best practices must figure prominently in the dose management discussion.

In the Flow: Part 1 — New Technology Helps Keep Radiology Work Flowing
In the first installment of a two-part series, we find out how radiology experts are staying ahead of their ever-growing quantities of imaging data and examine the ways artificial intelligence, cloud-based technology, and other innovations play heavily into their daily workflow.

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Editor's Note
Technologically Speaking

Imaging Informatics
AI Speeds Brain Hemorrhage Detection

Molecular Imaging News
Nuclear Medicine 'Coming of Age' With Total-Body PET

Managing to Succeed
Advancing Value-Based Cancer Care

Inside View
The Next Evolution of Medical Imaging

On the Case
 
News Scan

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

January 2018

FEATURES

Putting the AI in Radiology
Can deep learning enhance the synergy between man and machine? Industry luminaries ponder the ways artificial intelligence is currently being applied to radiology and the prospects they consider most fascinating.

A New Look
While 2D mammography remains the gold standard for breast screening, some say breast CT with contrast is poised to surpass it—and all of the other modalities that are presently in favor.

Surveying the Field
Traumatic brain injury continues to take a heavy toll on modern athletes. A biomedical engineer is developing innovative MRI-generated computer models that may lead to better concussion diagnoses and possibly a time-saving sideline protocol for athletes.

5 Things to Watch in 2018
RSNA offered a wealth of insights on developments in the industry. Here are several we will be keeping an eye on.

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Editor's Note
What's New?

Reporter's Notebook
RSNA 2017

Billing and Coding
Reduce Friction in the Revenue Cycle

On the Case

Interventional News

Winter Product Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions