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Editor's e-Note
Image storage and sharing continues to evolve. Not that many years ago, many community hospitals were working their way through the transition from plain film to digital radiography. Perhaps the next trend making its way to community hospitals is looking at digital image sharing from an enterprise perspective, not just a radiology department perspective.

— Jim Knaub, editor
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Don’t Neglect the Bigger Imaging Picture
By Jim Knaub

It’s been eight or nine years since I first noticed a significant number of imaging topics turning up on the program for the annual HIMSS meeting. Before then, PACS and HIM were like two different foods on a finicky 5-year-old’s plate: They weren’t supposed to touch each other.

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Other Imaging News
Study Shows Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Have Slower Brain Growth

A press release from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development announced the results of a recent study that found that young children who have long-term high blood sugar levels are more likely to have slower brain growth.

Real-Time Radiation Monitor Can Reduce Radiation Exposure
for Medical Workers

A “real-time” radiation monitor that alerts users by beeping in response to radiation exposure during cardiac catheterization procedures significantly reduces the amount of exposure that medical workers receive, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers found.

Study Suggests Brain Activity After Smokers Quit
Predicts Chances of Relapsing

Researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that a series of changes occur in the brain after someone quits smoking and, using functional MRI, those changes could predict which former smokers are most likely to relapse.

Novel Imaging Technique Improves
Prostate Cancer Detection

A team of scientists and physicians from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UCLA recently unveiled a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.
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Right Tool, for Which Job?
As EMRs have evolved into EHRs over the past 20 years, radiologists have continued to strive to effectively integrate them as both the types of information and the potential value of that information to clinical practices have grown. Read more »

Job 1: Better Diagnoses
Image quality remains the biggest concern when it comes to what’s trending in ultrasound. However, improved workflow, ease of use, and ergonomics remain key to improving the ability of clinicians to provide accurate diagnoses. Read more »

Reporter’s Notebook: SIR 2015
Learn about the latest research findings presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual meeting, held earlier this month in Atlanta. Read more »

Decider Support
CT image quality continues to improve. As a result, radiologists are able to notice more incidental findings. Now, the ACR and Massachusetts General Hospital will leverage the Nuance Communications PowerShare Network to bring clinical guidelines to the radiologists’ workflow, helping them determine which incidental findings are likely benign and which should be further inspected.
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Worth Repeating
“As smokers quit earlier and stay off cigarettes longer, fewer are eligible for CT screening, which has been proven effective in saving lives. Patients who do eventually develop lung cancer are diagnosed at a later stage when treatment can no longer result in a cure.”

Ping Yang, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, speaking on the possibility that the current criteria for lung cancer screening may be ineffective and could actually cause an increase in lung cancer mortality
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