Annual CT follow-up is safe for nonsolid lung nodules
July 5, 2016 -- It's safe to track patients with nonsolid nodules detected on CT lung cancer screening with annual low-dose CT -- mitigating the need for biopsy or surgery of these lesions, according to a new study published online July 5 in Radiology.  Discuss
SIIM: How to take the archive out of PACS
July 1, 2016 -- PORTLAND, OR - Are you interested in deconstructed PACS, but not ready to take the plunge? Deploying a vendor-neutral archive that takes over archive management from the PACS could be a prudent stepping-stone, according to a Friday talk at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference.  Discuss
SIIM: Will your VNA become the flip phone of the future?
July 1, 2016 -- PORTLAND, OR - Could your vendor-neutral archive (VNA) someday become the equivalent of the Motorola Razr flip phone -- a once-cool technology that fails to change with the times? Make sure it doesn't, according to a Thursday panel at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2016 meeting.  Discuss
CT technique tames Tower of Babel from different IR schemes
July 1, 2016 -- The use of iterative reconstruction (IR) is leading to ever-lower levels of CT radiation dose. But it's also creating a modern-day Tower of Babel when comparing scans reconstructed with different IR schemes. Fortunately, a talk at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography 2016 Symposium revealed how to tame the confusion.  Discuss
SIIM: Radiologists often prefer more monitors
June 30, 2016 -- PORTLAND, OR - While most radiologists are satisfied with their radiology workstation configuration, those who aren't tend to be younger and would prefer more monitors dedicated to nonimaging tasks, according to research presented on Thursday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Discuss
Brain MRI surprises with incidental findings
June 30, 2016 -- Nearly 10% of patients receiving a brain MRI have incidental findings, and a third of those require further evaluation for the unexpected abnormalities, according to a large Dutch study published online in Radiology.  Discuss
SIIM: 7 steps to deliver patient-centered care
June 29, 2016 -- PORTLAND, OR - As healthcare moves toward an emphasis on value over volume, it's time to rethink imaging and reinvent processes to facilitate patient-centric care, according to the opening general session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.  Discuss
FDG-PET/CT aids assessment of lower-stage breast cancer
June 29, 2016 -- FDG-PET/CT's ability to find a significant number of distant metastases in patients with newly diagnosed stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer suggests that current guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for the modality's use may need to be revised.  Discuss
McKesson offers details on health IT shake-up
June 28, 2016 -- After weeks of rumors on the status of its healthcare IT activities, healthcare giant McKesson has released details on its proposed shake-up of the business. The San Francisco company said it plans to spin out much of its IT operations -- including PACS -- into a separate company with some $3.4 billion in annual sales.  Discuss
What does the Joint Commission really want with CT?
June 28, 2016 -- Radiology departments may think complying with the Joint Commission's 2015 accreditation standards for CT is an overwhelming undertaking, but it's not as hard as it seems, according to a presentation given at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography 2016 Symposium in San Francisco.  Discuss
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