December, 2023

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Complexity of radiology exams has skyrocketed

AuntMinnie

The complexity of radiology exams should be considered a driving force over numbers of exams when estimating radiology workloads, according to research presented November 29 at RSNA 2023 in Chicago. In a study at a tertiary imaging center in Sweden, investigators found that the data in CT and MRI studies for radiologists to interpret increased up to six times between 2009 and 2022, while the numbers of exams “only doubled,” said Tomas Bjerner, MD, PhD, of Linkoping University.

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AI Facilitates Nearly 83 Percent Improvement in Turnaround Time for Fracture X-Rays

Diagnostic Imaging

In addition to offering a 98.5 percent sensitivity rate in diagnosing fractures on X-ray, an emerging artificial intelligence (AI) software reportedly helped reduce mean turnaround time on X-ray fracture diagnosis from 48 hours to 8.3 hours, according to new research presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference.

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Radiology Partners Enters the Lending Business

Ben White

This month credit agency Moody’s downgraded Radiology Partners again (surprising exactly no one): the first (and smallest) of its large debt obligations is due in 2024, they currently owe 10x their earnings, and they can only service these debt obligations through refinancing, which is challenging in the current market even before you consider the potentially tenous state of RP’s acquired practices when they reach their 5-year vesting window.

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White House announces plan to scrutinize private equity ownership in healthcare

Radiology Business

The administration said it is launching a cross-government public inquiry into “corporate greed" in medicine, with roll-up acquisitions one area of focus.

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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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Top 3 Medical Imaging Insights from RSNA 2023

Everything Rad

Reading Time: 6 minutes read AI tools to put to work today; and strategies to address staffing issues and operational costs. This year’s annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference came at what felt like a pivotal moment in the medical imaging world. After three years primarily defined by the pandemic and its aftershocks, we are solidly in the post-pandemic phase.

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Podcast: Why medical students should choose radiology

AuntMinnie

AuntMinnie.com · Keeping Up With The Radiologists - Episode 1: Why medical students should choose radiology Why should medical students choose radiology? In their inaugural episode of the "Keeping Up With the Radiologists" podcast series brought to you by AuntMinnie.com in collaboration with Penn Radiology, Saurabh (Harry) Jha, MD, and Mitch Schnall, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania speak with medical student Michael Duong, PhD, about his choice, and also discuss current trends and iss

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Assessing the Impact of Radiology Workforce Shortages in Rural Communities

Diagnostic Imaging

In an interview at the recent RSNA conference, Catherine Everett, M.D., shared her perspective on the radiology workforce shortage, offered insights on recruiting radiologists to rural areas and emphasized the urgency of bolstering access to radiologists and other health-care professionals for at-risk communities.

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IBA Pioneers Theranostic Advancements, Empowering the Market to Produce Astatine-211

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Tue, 12/12/2023 - 10:00 December 12, 2023 — IBA , a world leader in particle accelerator technology and of radiopharmaceutical production solutions is pleased to announce the start of the installation of a Cyclone 30XP in Poland. There are now three sites set to produce Astatine-211 (At-211) for oncology applications, reaffirming IBA’s leadership and innovation in the area of radiotheranostics.

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Loss of autonomy a top concern among physicians working for private equity or other corporate owners

Radiology Business

Another two-thirds of physicians reported having little or no involvement in practice management policies, according to a survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

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How radiology departments can decarbonize, save money

Health Imaging

Philips and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have released findings from their efforts to reduce waste in the hospital's radiology department.

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Riding sound waves in the brain

ScienceDaily

A technology developed over the past few years for controlling microvehicles using ultrasound also works in the brain, as researchers have now been able to show. These microvehicles are gas bubbles, which are harmless and dissolve once their job is done. In the future, these microvehicles could be equipped with medications and deliver them to specific points in the brain.

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AI predicts malignancy on breast ultrasound

AuntMinnie

An AI model can accurately predict malignancy on breast ultrasound based on BI-RADS assessment, according to research published December 11 in Academic Radiology. A team led by Nilgun Guldogan, MD, from Acibadem Altunizade Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, found that an AI method showed comparable performance to that of radiologists and can help avoid unnecessary biopsies and follow-up exams.

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Can AI Improve Detection of Extraprostatic Extension on MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging

Utilizing a deep learning-based AI algorithm to differentiate between diagnostic and non-diagnostic quality of prostate MRI facilitated a 10 percent higher specificity rate for diagnosing extraprostatic extension on multiparametric MRI, according to research presented at the recent RSNA conference.

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Exo Study Reveals Widespread Ultrasound Adoption in Primary Care Expected Within 5 Years

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Mon, 12/18/2023 - 15:13 December 18, 2023 — Exo (pronounced “echo”), a pioneering medical imaging software and devices company, released its 2023 Survey Report: Unlocking Point-of-Care Ultrasound. Based on a survey of more than 150 U.S.-based physicians, the report uncovers trends related to point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) adoption and use—such as challenges with existing solutions, their perceived value of handheld POCUS devices , and the impact of new innovations such as artificia

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Artificial intelligence ROI considerations in radiology

Radiology Business

Rad Partners' Nina Kottler, MD, explains what practices should consider when assessing artificial intelligence solutions in an era where there is little reimbursement.

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FDA has now cleared 700 AI healthcare algorithms, more than 76% in radiology

Health Imaging

Medical imaging makes up 76% of all the FDA-cleared artificial intelligence clinical algorithms used for direct patient care.

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Deep Learning Accurately Predicts Antihypertensive Treatment Success

Health IT Analytics

A deep learning model can predict the likelihood of antihypertensive treatment success for individuals, which could help personalize hypertension management.

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What motivates imaging data sharing for AI development?

AuntMinnie

Data privacy concerns steer organizational leaders from sharing public health data such as imaging for AI development, a study published on December 19 in JAMA Network Open reported. Researchers led by Alaa Youssef, PhD, from Stanford University in interviews with these leaders also found that motivation and capabilities are the two main factors related to organizational readiness for data sharing in this area.

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Emerging MRI and PET Research Reveals Link Between Visceral Abdominal Fat and Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recent interview, Masha Dolatshahi, M.D., M.P.H., and Cyrus A. Raji, M.D., Ph.D., discussed MRI and PET study findings, presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference, that showed an association between higher amyloid PET tracer uptake in the precuneus cortex and a higher visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio.

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NVIDIA Offers MONAI as Hosted Cloud Service

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 12/06/2023 - 13:03 December 6, 2023 — NVIDIA launched a cloud service for medical imaging AI to further streamline and accelerate the creation of ground-truth data and training of specialized AI models through fully managed, cloud-based application programming interfaces. NVIDIA MONAI cloud APIs — announced at the annual meeting of RSNA, the Radiological Society of North America, taking place this week in Chicago — provide an expedited path for developers and platform providers t

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The impact of Medicare payment cuts on radiology and patient care access

Radiology Business

RBMA President Kit Crancer said continued cuts will result in Medicare patients losing access to care when health systems and providers determine it is no longer economical.

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CT calcium scoring can determine if patients need statins

Health Imaging

Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, director, non-invasive cardiac imaging, at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, explains CT calcium scoring can determine if a patient needs to take aspirin and statins for prevention of coronary disease.

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Countdown the Top 5 of 2023 with CurveBeam AI

CurveBeam AI

As we approach the end of this remarkable year, we want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we’ve in 2023. Here are the top 5 achievements that have defined our year from getting listed on the ASX to announcing research & development has commenced for the SkyRise. Each of these milestones has been a stepping stone toward our collective vision, and we can’t wait to celebrate them with you.

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Intention to leave position higher among academic radiologists

AuntMinnie

Radiology is among medical specialties at higher risk of physician turnover, according to research published on December 15 in JAMA Network Open. A team led by Dr. Jennifer Ligibel from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston found that academic radiologists have a higher-than-average rate of intention to leave their institutions. However, professionals in nuclear medicine and neuroradiology had the lowest rates.

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Can Diffusion Microstructural Imaging Provide Insights Into Long Covid Beyond Conventional MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging

In a recent interview, Alexander Rau, M.D., discussed emerging research, presented at the recent RSNA conference, that shows the capability of diffusion microstructural imaging to differentiate subtle shifts in microstructural gray matter associated with common symptomatology of long Covid.

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DeepTek.ai and AiOne Partner to Enhance Medical Imaging Analysis in the UK

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 12/29/2023 - 09:51 December 29, 2023 — AiOne Healthcare Technologies Ltd , a UK-based healthcare technology provider announced a strategic partnership with DeepTek.ai , a leading US-based AI technology company. The partnership aims to bring DeepTek’s innovative AI-powered medical imaging analysis solutions to the UK market, enhancing diagnostic accuracy and streamlining workflow for healthcare providers.

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RadNet inks deal to open diagnostic imaging centers in multiple Walmart locations

Radiology Business

The two giants in their respective industries plan to debut the first “MammogramNow” clinic Dec. 8 at the supercenter in Milford, Delaware.

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Woman shot in buttocks by own gun during MRI appointment

Health Imaging

The unnamed woman had concealed the weapon, which the MRI machine triggered to fire during an exam.

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Ergonomics for Radiologists with Disabilities: Tailoring Accessible Workspaces

vRad

How well does your workstation and platform meet your needs to work efficiently, effectively, and without frustration? In my five years working with radiologists as a trainer on the vRad platform, I observed a wide range of needs and backgrounds. This experience highlighted a critical, yet often overlooked, aspect in our field: the need for accessible workstations tailored for radiologists with disabilities or other physical limitations.

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Radiologists are reading more cardiac CT exams, but not cardiac MRI

AuntMinnie

The use of both cardiac CT and cardiac MRI increased in the Medicare population over the past seven years, according to research presented November 29 at the RSNA meeting. And it appears that radiologists are reading more cardiac CT exams, but not cardiac MRI studies, presenter Mustafa Al-Ogaili, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ, told session attendees.

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Study: Contrast-Enhanced Mammography Changes Surgical Plan in 22.5 Percent of Breast Cancer Cases

Diagnostic Imaging

Contrast-enhanced mammography detected additional lesions in 43 percent of patients and led to additional biopsies in 18.2 percent of patients, over half of whom had malignant lesions, according to a study of over 500 women presented at the recent Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference.

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Philips North America LLC Recalls Panorama 1.0T HFO Due to a Risk of Explosion

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 12/20/2023 - 15:30 December 20, 2023 — According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Philips North America LLC is recalling Panorama 1.0T HFO, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, due to a risk of explosion during a quench procedure caused by excessive pressure buildup of helium gas. During a quench, a large amount of helium evaporates and is vented outside the building.

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Radiologist named chief physician executive at UAB Health System

Radiology Business

Cheri Canon, MD, will officially transition into the role on May 1, replacing retiring anesthesiologist Keith A. (Tony) Jones, MD.