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August 2019

FEATURES

Ensemble Approach
By utilizing several different AI applications, imaging informatics can be optimized for both radiologists and their patients. We examine the ways this technology is developing and its practical uses in patient care.  

Perspective Matters
New guidelines from the American College of Physicians have sparked a new round of discussions about breast cancer screening intervals, and experts with contrasting opinions on the subject are weighing in.    

Impactful Decision
The mention of clinical decision support/authorized use criteria changes may have some filled with dread, but the effects of this legislation are not all negative. We take a look at how health care facilities can manage this new requirement and engineer a low-stress transition into their practices. 

Picture This
As imaging displays improve, so does the efficiency and quality of radiological care. Several vanguards of this new technology explain how these improvements refine calibration, accuracy, and color when it comes to medical imaging.

departments

Editor’s Note
Alternate Views

Ultrasound News
Noninvasive Cancer Imaging

Billing and Coding
A View From Health Care’s Leading Edge

Managing to Succeed
A New Lease on Technology

Interventional News
UFE Safer, Equally Effective as Surgery for Uterine Fibroids

Oncology News
AI Streamlines Ovarian Cancer Prognosis

On the Case

Summer Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

July 2019

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A Game of Catch-Up
The radiology industry still leaves much of its data and analytics in the hands of humans. We’ll explore how, through the collaboration of AI and human decision making, analytical processes can be streamlined to operate more effectively for both patients and clinicians.

Rad Changes
A concern in the digital era for radiological technologists is poor ergonomics in the workplace. We’ll consider ways in which technologists can become more ergonomically aware on the job, as well as how hospitals can improve the function of their workspace to minimize injury.

Apt Description
Radiologists must face the issue of how and when to provide reports to both patients and providers. This decision, though, falls to each practice to determine what is best for their patient demographic. We take a look at some variables to consider. 

Urgent Need
Due to a rise in demand for urgent care centers, these clinics must adapt to more efficiently and accurately treat patients. Ultrasound is fulfilling this need in many ways; we’ll help you get a read on where radiology fits into this evolving business model.

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Editor’s Note
Some Catching Up to Do

MRI Monitor
Quick Take

Imaging Informatics
There’s an App for That

Machine Learning
Fresh Perspective

Oncology News
Just What the Doctor Ordered

Products and Services

News Scan

On the Case

AHRA Product Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

June 2019

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The Whole Picture
Given its sensitivity, PET has long been perceived as the go-to modality for noninvasive functional imaging. However, its signal-to-noise ratio has presented challenges. Total-body PET/CT, a new integration of the two technologies, is poised to change things for the better.

Is Lung Cancer Screening Underused?
A growing body of evidence suggests that low-dose CT screening can significantly reduce mortality for smokers. We take a look at efforts to realize the potential of this preventive measure, as well as some variables that are shaping the narrative.

Casting a Wider Net
Once considered a stopgap measure, teleradiology has come into its own, becoming a first-line option and an indispensable adjunct to the modern radiology practice. 

Peerless Review
The longstanding peer review model has its advantages and drawbacks. Several innovators have prototyped a new peer learning model and are eager to share their very promising results.

departments

Editor’s Note
Network Connectivity

Imaging Informatics
Bold Investments in AI

Interventional News
Prostate Artery Embolization for BPH

Women’s Imaging
Breast Density 2019: Are You Ready?

Managing to Succeed
Recipe for Success

On the Case

Imaging IT Buyers’ Guide

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

May 2019

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A Softer Touch
Reconstructive surgery is an art that imitates life. With the help of cutting-edge photogrammetry, physicians are taking 3D-generated prosthetics to the next level; we’ll share some strategies for optimizing outcomes for patients throughout the life cycle.  

The Case for Compartmentalizing
While strides are being made and countless lives are being saved, breast cancer diagnosis is still associated with considerable anxiety, time, and expense. A new approach, three-compartment breast imaging, may be just what the doctor ordered. 

A Truer Measure of Addiction
Can the physiological attributes of a substance abuser be quantified, even mitigated? Radiologists are chiming in on this age-old conundrum, and we think you’ll agree that their findings merit a prominent place in the discussion. 

High-Yield Imaging
A steadily evolving modality, MRI is fast becoming an indispensable diagnostic and predictive asset. Radiology Today checks in with some key players in the industry, who’ll bring you up to speed on some potentially game-changing refinements.     

Reporter’s Notebook: News From SIR 2019
The Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual event, recently held in Austin, Texas, was a trove of information and insight; check out some of our favorite take-aways.  

departments

Editor’s Note
Effective Measures

Oncology News
A Viable Alternative

CT Slice
Upward Mobility

On the Case

Product Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

April 2019

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Enterprising Ideas
As radiology practices concede that the longstanding PACS model faces an uphill battle in keeping up with the times, vendor-neutral archives and enterprise imaging are figuring prominently in the discussion. 

No Small Feat
Physicians face daunting odds when treating a young patient who is diagnosed with liver cancer. We are pleased to report that a new IR-centric, catheter-based option utilizing TARE-Y90 is delivering hope—and results.

A New Frontier
Trending steadily upward with the help of innovative enhancements, DR is helping radiologists achieve multiple goals: improved image quality, reduced dose, and, ultimately, a significantly enhanced patient experience.

Slow Burn
Radiologists are not immune to stress-related consequences on the job. We check in with experts on addressing the particular aspects of burnout associated with the profession.

departments

Editor’s Note
Fresh Ideas

Imaging Informatics
Deidentification Done Right

CT Slice
Complication Rates, Costs of Lung Procedures May Be Underestimated

Managing to Succeed
Opportunity and Concern: A New World of Patient Data

Ultrasound News
Calibrated Therapy

Spring Product Showcase

On the Case

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

March 2019

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Spot-On
With heart arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation on the rise, catheter ablation is continuing to gain traction in the industry. Some effective new tools, including intracardiac echocardiography and electroanatomic mapping systems, are improving the odds of long-term success.

A Feeling Out Process
Using a cutting-edge technique that applies mathematical equations to measured greyscale pixels, tumor texture analysis produces nuanced cancer images that can streamline the diagnostic process.

Fits Like a Glove
Versatility, suitability for outpatient scenarios, even the ever-present promise of AI—all figure prominently in the fast-evolving C-arm landscape. Radiology Today puts the latest information at your fingertips to keep your practice ahead of the curve.      

Bubbling Up
The blood-brain barrier must be approached with caution, particularly when medication must cross the threshold. An ingenious technique that utilizes microbubbles—lipids full of gas—in conjunction with focused ultrasound is enabling physicians to more effectively penetrate the brain’s protective layer. 

departments

Editor’s Note
On Target

Imaging Informatics
Fear, Hype, Hope, and Reality

Women’s Imaging

Products and Services

Billing and Coding
Getting Specific With Unlisted CPT Codes

On the Case

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

February 2019

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More Than a Quick Peek
With digital refinements moving to the forefront, MRI technologies are advancing rapidly and improved visualization is quickly becoming available. Manufacturers are working hard to integrate the latest software and hardware technologies into their scanners; we'll take a deep dive and make sure you're up to speed.

Head Start
Alzheimer's disease is profoundly affecting quality of life for an alarming number of American families, with projections steadily increasing as the population ages. While there is no cure and prospects remain limited, a deep learning algorithm could make a substantial difference in the all-important predictive stages.

Screen Plays
Given that scans show dense breast tissue as white, and cancers appear white as well, cancers can be harder to spot among women with dense breast tissue. Augmented intelligence, however, is making strides to level the playing field for this at-risk population.

Limited Exposure
We examine how some experts are streamlining their efforts to reduce cumulative radiation doses for everyone—internal and external—affected by the radiology process.

departments

Editor's Note
Rapid Response

Reporter's Notebook
News From RSNA 2018

Managing to Succeed
Should Biomedical Engineers Service Imaging Equipment?

Interventional News
Radical Departure

News Scan

Winter Product Showcase

On the Case

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

January 2019

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A Swarm of Insight
AI continues to assert itself in the radiology world. The latest? A research team has shown that when doctors work together in real time and combine their expertise with AI, they can diagnose the presence of pneumonia with even more accuracy than either alone. We'll find out what this means going forward.

A Link to a Better Marketplace?
Blockchain has the potential to link digital imaging players more efficiently and securely than ever, but there are a number of variables to consider. In this article, industry experts weigh in on scalability, long-term considerations, and getting in synch with this fast-evolving marketplace.

The 411 on CTC
CT colonography is getting its fair share of attention lately as lawmakers push for Medicaid coverage and physicians reconsider screening intervals. Radiology Today takes a look at the latest developments that are shaping the discussions.

5 Things to Watch in 2019: Observations From RSNA 2018
RSNA 2018 provided a fountain of insights about up-and-coming developments in the radiology world. Check out our list of the top five things we'll be keeping an eye on as the year unfolds.

departments

Editor's Note
A Page Turner

Ultrasound News
Sound Idea

Billing and Coding
Another New Year of Codes

News Scan

Product Showcase

MRI Monitor
Toning Down the Contrast

On the Case

Letter to the Editor

Datebook

Second Opinions