March, 2024

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Luminello Sold to SimplePractice and Now Everything Sucks

Ben White

Private Equity came for my wife’s psychiatric private practice EHR, Luminello. Luminello sold to SimplePractice, which is owned by EngageSmart, which is owned by Vista Equity Partners Management. From the press release : “Both SimplePractice and Luminello were founded by clinicians looking to simplify the business of running an independent solo or small group mental health practice,” said Ken Braslow, MD, Founder, Luminello.

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Deetptek.ai Will Showcase Groundbreaking Chest X-ray AI solution, Augmento X-ray, at HIMSS 2024

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 03/08/2024 - 22:02 March 9, 2024 — DeepTek.ai, a leading medical imaging AI company, will showcase its groundbreaking US FDA -cleared chest X-ray reporting AI solution, Augmento X-Ray , at the upcoming HIMSS 2024 conference, taking place March 12th-14th, 2024, at booth #4661. HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the world's largest health information and technology (Health IT) conference, attracting tens of thousands of healthcare professionals, indus

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Study Says Low-Field MRI Offers Sufficient Diagnostic Quality for Detecting Spinal Pathology

Diagnostic Imaging

In a study of patients who had lumbar spine MRI exams at 0.55T, 1.5T and 3T, researchers found that 0.55T MRI provided acceptable diagnostic quality across all sequences for varying pathologies including degenerative joint disease, compression fractures and osseous metastatic disease.

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ChatGPT-4 accurately interprets thyroid, renal ultrasound images

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT-4 demonstrated high accuracy in analyzing and interpreting thyroid and renal ultrasound images in a study published March 19 in Radiology Advances. Researchers led by Laith Sultan, MD, from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reported that the large language model could accurately perform image segmentation and classify lesions on ultrasound as normal or abnormal.

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Maximize Your Radiology Center’s Performance With Specialized Scheduling

Patient-centric scheduling can only be achieved through optimized radiology workflows, effective communications between staff and physicians, and, of course, through specialized schedulers. In this guide, we’ll take you through a step-by-step process to transform your radiology center into a high-performance hub of medical imaging.

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New AI-based, non-invasive diagnostic tool enables accurate brain tumor diagnosis, surpassing current methods

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Jointly developed by investigators of the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology's (VHIO) Radiomics Group and the Bellvitge University Hospital's Neuroradiology Unit, the Diagnosis in Susceptibility Contrast Enhancing Regions for Neuroncology (DISCERN) is an open-access deep learning tool based on the training of patterns using artificial intelligence models from information of standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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Artificial intelligence unpredictably impacts radiologist performance

Health IT Analytics

AI improves performance for some radiologists, but not others, raising questions about a one-size-fits-all integration approach for the tools in healthcare.

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New Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer Shows Successful Outcomes

Imaging Technology

mtaschetta-millane Wed, 03/27/2024 - 08:31 March 27, 2024 — A minimally invasive treatment using MRI and transurethral ultrasound instead of surgery or radiation is effective in treating prostate cancer, according to new research to be presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting ( SIR ) in Salt Lake City. The traditional treatment options of r adiation or surgery often come with a risk of side effects, including urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction th

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What New Research Reveals About ChatGPT and Ultrasound Detection of Thyroid Nodules

Diagnostic Imaging

In a comparison of image-to-text large language models (LLMs), ChatGPT 4.0 offered a 95 percent sensitivity rate and an 83 percent AUC that were comparable to that of two senior radiologists and one junior radiologist interacting with LLM to differentiate between malignant and benign thyroid nodules on ultrasound.

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FAPI-PET/CT outperforms FDG-PET/CT in women with invasive breast cancer

AuntMinnie

PET/CT imaging using gallium-68 (Ga-68) Fibroblast activation protein inhibitor (FAPI) radiotracer over F-18 FDG appears promising in women with invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), according to a study published March 14 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. In an analysis of women diagnosed with ILC who underwent both imaging approaches, Ga-68 FAPI showed higher activity in tumors than F-18 FDG and identified more metastatic lesions, noted nuclear medicine physician and lead author Ertan Sahin, MD,

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New study expands understanding of brain blood flow and neurological disorders

Medical Xpress: Radiology

The hippocampus—a seahorse-shaped region of the brain that plays a particularly important role in cognitive aging and memory function—has been studied as a singular region for several years. However, until now, there has been a gap in understanding the factors underlying age—or disease-related changes between the different regions of the hippocampus, or subfields.

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What does radiology have to do with climate change?

Radiology Business

Kate Hanneman, MD, explains why many vendors and hospitals want to lower radiology's impact on the environment. "Taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint in healthcare isn’t just an opportunity," she said. "It’s also a responsibility.

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Healthcare orgs face significant data modernization challenges

Health IT Analytics

Healthcare organizations report an average 124% ROI for their data investments, but many cite data management and integration as major roadblocks.

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Wellstar MCG Health Reports 47% Increase in Revenue Capture with Implementation of Exo Works Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Software

Imaging Technology

christine.book Thu, 03/07/2024 - 12:30 March 7, 2024 — Augusta, GA-based Wellstar MCG Health reported it has implemented Exo Works, a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) workflow software from Exo , a medical imaging software and devices company, to simplify and streamline ultrasound exam documentation, billing, quality assurance (QA), and education at the point of care across its healthcare system.

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Can Autonomous AI Help Reduce Prostate MRI Workloads Without Affecting Quality?

Diagnostic Imaging

Based on findings from a multicenter study of over 1,600 patients, researchers at the European Congress of Radiology suggest the inclusion of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) triage could facilitate up to a 75 percent reduction in prostate MRI reading workload.

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Calcifications on mammo could identify women at risk of CVD

AuntMinnie

Detecting breast arterial calcifications on routine mammograms could identify women at a higher risk of future cardiovascular disease (CVD), a study published March 13 in Clinical Imaging found. Researchers led by Shadi Azam, PhD, from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York found links between such calcifications and older age, diabetes, parity, younger age at first birth, and hypertension in women who underwent both screening mammography and cardiac CT angiography (CCTA).

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AI can now detect COVID-19 in lung ultrasound images

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Artificial intelligence can spot COVID-19 in lung ultrasound images, much like facial recognition software can spot a face in a crowd, new research shows.

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Imaging’s total share of US healthcare spending plummets as others record gains

Radiology Business

The percentage of patients who received imaging services also declined from 46% in 2010 down to 40% by 2021, experts wrote in Health Affairs Scholar.

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Deep learning model detects COVID-19 infection using lung imaging

Health IT Analytics

A deep neural network-based automated detection tool could assist emergency room clinicians in diagnosing COVID-19 effectively using lung ultrasound images.

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Study Provides a First Look at Oncologists' Views on Ethical Implications of AI in Cancer Care

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 03/28/2024 - 10:03 March 28, 2024 — As artificial intelligence (AI) makes its way into cancer care – and into discussions between physicians and patients – oncologists are grappling with the ethics of its use in medical decision-making. In a recent survey by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , more than 200 oncologists across the U.S. were in broad agreement on how AI can be responsibly integrated into some aspects of patient care, and also expressed concern about how to

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MRI Surveillance Associated with 80 Percent Reduction in Breast Cancer Mortality for Women with BRCA1

Diagnostic Imaging

In a study of nearly 2,500 women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 sequence variations, researchers found that MRI surveillance led to a 3.2 percent breast cancer mortality risk at 20 years in contrast to a 14.9 percent mortality risk for those who did not have MRI surveillance.

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Can ChatGPT-4 accurately interpret thyroid, renal ultrasound images?

AuntMinnie

ChatGPT-4 demonstrated high accuracy in analyzing and interpreting thyroid and renal ultrasound images in a small study published March 19 in Radiology Advances. Researchers led by Laith Sultan, MD, from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reported that the large language model could accurately perform image segmentation and classify lesions on ultrasound as normal or abnormal.

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AI decodes whole-cortex functional images to predict behavioral states

Medical Xpress: Radiology

An AI image recognition algorithm can predict whether a mouse is moving or not based on brain functional imaging data. Kobe University researchers have developed a method to identify which input data is relevant, shining light into the AI black box with the potential to contribute to brain–machine interface technology.

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Burnout remains high among radiology residents years after COVID-19 hit

Radiology Business

The most commonly suggested remedies include lessening their work burden, providing more programmatic support and offering “protected wellness time.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Radiology images of Ukrainian trauma patients wounded in war

Health Imaging

A collection of medical images from hospitals in Ukraine showing radiology equipment in use and clinical images of wounded soldiers and civilians.

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Society of Interventional Radiology Names Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR, President for 2024–2025

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 03/26/2024 - 13:20 March 26, 2024 — Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR , an interventional radiologist and professor at Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine , Chicago, assumed the office of president of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) on March 26 during the SIR 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting in Salt Lake City.

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Can Multiparametric Ultrasound Enhance Detection of Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Steatohepatitis (MASH)?

Diagnostic Imaging

A multiparametric ultrasound model emphasizing attenuation coefficient assessment demonstrated a 77 percent AUC for detecting metabolic dysfunction-associated steatohepatitis (MASH), according to validation testing from a new multicenter study.

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Can cardiac PET/CT ‘revolutionize’ heart care?

AuntMinnie

PET/CT is poised to become a key tool for imaging the coronary arteries – a clinical imaging exam that can reveal early warning signs of fatal conditions when patients present with symptoms of chest pain, experts say. The “hybrid” scan – which combines molecular PET and anatomical CT images – may have its highest potential in visualizing early signs of so-called “perfusion deficits” (regions of obstructed blood flow), said Marcelo Di Carli, MD, a professor of radiology and medicine at Harvard Me

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Doctors can now watch spinal cord activity during surgery

Medical Xpress: Radiology

With technology developed at UC Riverside, scientists can, for the first time, make high resolution images of the human spinal cord during surgery. The advancement could help bring real relief to millions suffering chronic back pain.

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Radiology Group must pay $3.1M to settle allegations docs ‘rubber-stamped’ reports from India

Radiology Business

Physicians at the Atlanta-based firm purportedly spent as few as 30 seconds reviewing reports prepared by overseas readers who weren’t permitted to practice medicine nor bill government healthcare programs.

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Great News for MRI: Helium Discovery In U.S.

Atlantis Worldwide

An exploratory drilling in Minnesota’s Iron Range has resulted in a “dream” discovery in helium. The helium concentration was measured at 12.4%, which is 30 times the industry standards for commercial helium.

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