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Editor's e-Note
Remember when Star Wars was a new phenomenon? Episode 7 will hit the big screen next month, but one character from the original movie trilogy reminds me—if I use my imagination—of an important theme at RSNA 2015 ... and the topic of this month’s E-News Exclusive.

— Jim Knaub, editor
e-News Exclusive
A New Force in Imaging at RSNA

Back in 1980, a bald guy sporting a computer/communication system grafted to the back of his head followed Lando Calrissian around Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. His name, I learned recently, was Lobot. He has become a meme of sorts for integrating computers with humans.

While Lobot was ahead of our time long ago in a galaxy far, far away, radiology and all of health care are becoming increasingly intertwined with IT. Medical practice will require more human interaction with digital data, which provides an opportunity for radiologists in imaging’s future.

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“Lung cancer screening saves lives, and our study serves as a model for how to set up a screening program that is safe and effective for patients. A screening program should use a standardized reporting system and have input from board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons as part of a multidisciplinary team evaluating CT scan findings. It is only by minimizing the number of operations for benign disease and maintaining a low morbidity and mortality for surgical resection that the full benefit of lung cancer screening can be realized in its widespread adoption in clinical practice.”

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