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RadRounds Radiology Network's Blog – February 2011 Archive (24)

Dr. Watson - Radiologist?

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Will Watson Replace Radiologists? - By Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH



Answer: A Google news search for this returns 4,269 articles.



Question: What is Watson?



Last week the world was taken by storm as Watson, the supercomputing brainchild of IBM, easily defeated two of the greatest trivia masters on “Jeopardy!”. The nationally televised program prompted many observers to pen articles regarding the impact of this type of technology on the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 27, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

AIRP - What is it?

AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR RADIOLOGIC PATHOLOGY

RADIOLOGIC PATHOLOGY CORRELATION



FOUR-WEEK COURSE



The mission of the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP), sponsored by the American College of Radiology (ACR), is to deliver unequalled training to radiology residents, fellows, and practicing radiologists from around the world.



The four-week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Course is designed to aid residents and fellows in their endeavors to achieve… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 26, 2011 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis - Bayer Warning on Magnevist

Update to the latest warnings on NSF - Bayer has revised its package insert to clearly state the following warning regarding Magnevist administration in patient's with renal failure and the associated risk for NSF.

 

Gadolinium-based contrast agents increase the risk for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in patients with:



- acute or chronic severe renal insufficiency (glomerular filtration rate < 30 mL/min/1.73m2),…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AIRP Replaces AFIP as New Rad-Path Course by the ACR

AIRP Launches First Radiologic Pathology Course



Landmark ACR Effort Enables Resident Training to Move Forward Uninterrupted by AFIP Closure



Silver Spring, Md. — Nearly 300 attendees, including a significant number from overseas, took part in today’s launch of the first Radiologic-Pathology Correlation Course presented by the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP). Today’s launch marks the seamless transition from the now ended Armed Forces Institute of…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 25, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Lawsuit Prevention via Imaging tests - Orthopedic Surgery is no different

(SAN DIEGO) -- At the annual meeting of the American Cademy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) in San Diego this year, researchers from CHOP (Children's Hospital of PA) found that in a retrospective review of over 2,000+ patients, approximately 35% of imaging costs were related to defensive medicine - to basically prevent lawsuits. This is no surprise to many physicians, particularly radiologists who specialize in medical imaging.



Read more at the LA Times and the AAOS… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Blood Pool Agents - New Informational Website from Touch Briefings sponsored by an independent medical education grant from Lantheus Medical Imaging

bloodpoolagents.us is an educational tool for doctors, physicians, including radiologists, angiologists & vascular surgeons, technologists as well as nurses in the field of medical imaging / radiology. This website focuses on blood pool agents, a class of contrast agents and is dedicated to bring accurate expert insight into the world of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography. The members of the editorial board of this website are radiologists with a strong clinical background in… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 23, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

ACR Commission & Committee Chairs, Former Board Chair to Present at NIH Radiation Dose Summit

Reston, VA (Feb. 22, 2011) — Three American College of Radiology commission and committee chairs and the former chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors will outline strategies for transforming computed tomography (CT) technology and its use to minimize medical radiation exposure at a Feb. 24, 25 event sponsored by the National Institutes of Health titled, "NIH Summit to Focus on Management of Radiation Dose in Computerized Tomography – Emphasis Toward the Sub-mSv CT Exam."



ACR member… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 22, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Merge Healthcare Hires Leading Experts to Company's Senior Leadership Team

Merge Healthcare Adds Two Healthcare Veterans to the Company’s Senior Leadership Team



CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, announced today that it has added two former Allscripts executives to the Merge senior leadership team. Steve Brewer will serve as Executive Vice President, Product Solutions and will have responsibility for the company’s solution strategy, marketing and business development teams. Steve Martin joins… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 22, 2011 at 9:47am — No Comments

Radiology Specialization - Value and Importance.

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The Importance of Specialization in Radiology by Arun Krishnaraj MD MPH



Doctors at the Shouldice Hospital in Ontario, Canada, offer only one service: hernia repairs. At first glance this seems like a flawed business model, but it may in fact be ideal.



The recurrence rate of inguinal hernias after a repair performed at Shouldice is 0.5 percent. This figure, based on data collected from more than 300,000 operations, distinguishes Shouldice as the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 15, 2011 at 7:22pm — No Comments

eMix Medical Info Exchange Built on VMware Virtualization Software

Leading cloud computing service shares medical images and reports



SAN DIEGO - Behind the data center infrastructure of eMix™, the leading cloud computing service for sharing medical imaging studies and reports, is an alliance between the largest independent PACS company and the world's leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure company.



In developing this new electronic medical imaging exchange service, the eMix technology team selected an infrastructure solution from… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 11, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Image Gently Pause & Pulse Initiative Provides Materials to Help Physicians Lower Radiation Dose in Fluoroscopic Procedures Performed on Children

Washington, DC — The Image Gently campaign has developed easily accessible online teaching materials and checklists to help providers use the lowest dose necessary to perform fluoroscopic procedures on children. Physicians, medical physicists, and radiologic technologists are encouraged to visit the Image Gently Web site (www.imagegently.org a href="http://www.imagegently.org/">http://www.imagegently.org/> ) to review these important… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 10, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments

International Pediatric Radiology Congress - Radiation Protection Summit and Pediatric Ultrasound Summit

IPR LONDON 2011

www.ipr2011.org



The International Paediatric Radiology Congress, which is held every tenth year in Europe, is coming to London from the 27th 31st May 2011, at the Metropole Hilton Hotel. This event is being organised by the joint societies of Paediatric Radiology, the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) and the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and supported by the Asian Oceanic Society for Paediatric Radiology… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 10, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Improving Patient Care Through Technology

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- Using Technology to Maximize the Clinician's Role



By Luther B. Adair II, MD



I recently had the misfortune of having to explain to a patient why we were performing a nuclear medicine bone scan on her. She was admitted to the hospital with a presumptive diagnosis of ovarian cancer and we were performing this test to see if the cancer had invaded her bones.



Her symptoms started when she noticed that her abdomen had grown over the course of… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 9, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

POWERWAND from Access Scientific Gains CE Mark

POWERWAND from Access Scientific Gains CE Mark



Global Distribution of Power-Injectable, Extended-Dwell

Catheter to Begin in Britain, Australia and South Africa



SAN DIEGO -- Access Scientific, Inc. announced receipt of a CE Mark for the POWERWAND -- a unique power-injectable, extended-dwell catheter. The company plans initial outside-US distribution of the device in Britain, Australia and South Africa.



The POWERWAND, which is placed using the Accelerated… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 8, 2011 at 10:49am — No Comments

CT Improves Efficiency in the Emergency Room Setting

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- CT Scan Improves Accurate, Timely Diagnosis for Abdominal Issues in ED



By Deborah Abrams Kaplan



If a CT scan could speed up an accurate diagnosis, increase the doctor’s confidence in that diagnosis and treatment, and decrease the number of patients kept for observation or hospital admission, wouldn’t that scan be valuable?



That’s a logical conclusion from a study just published in the February issue of the American Journal of… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 8, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

DaTscan Approved for Imaging Neurodegenerative Movement Disorders

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- FDA Approves DaTscan to Assist in Evaluation of Neurodegenerative Movement Disorders



By Sara Michael



GE Healthcare announced recently that the FDA has approved the first imaging agent to help physicians in evaluating neurodegenerative movement disorders.



The FDA approved ioflupane I 123 injection (DaTscan), a radiopharmaceutical agent intended for use with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging, for the detection of… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 6, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

ASRT Refer a Friend Program - Win $250 and a Free 2 year membership

Refer a friend to join ASRT and you could win a two-year membership and your friend could win a $250 gift card. Click share to let your R.T. friends know about the Bring a Friend program! www.asrt.org/BringAFriend

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 5, 2011 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Radiologist Job - Career Resources

The radiologist job market is tough so you need all the proper resources. The best way to find a job is through networking and introductions to groups from other radiologists. Use your personal network -- anyone you can think of. Ask for help and ask for introductions. Use networking sites like Linkedin and radRounds to maximize your networking capital.



As far as existing traditional ways of finding jobs, use a job board. Here are links to several useful job boards:…



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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 5, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

FDA Approves iPhone and iPad Radiology App

MIM Mobile, an iPad and iPhone-based mobile remote diagnostic imaging too. Imagine a full fledged PACS / DICOM viewer on your iPad and iPhone! Mobile MIM was not in the Apple App store for an extended period of time due to the FDA approval process since it first won the Apple Design Award for Best iPhone Healthcare…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 5, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

FDA Plans to Improve Review Path for Medical Devices

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- FDA Plans to Improve Review Path for Medical Devices



By Sara Michael



The FDA this week outlined a plan to improve the path to market for medical devices, including streamlining the review for low-risk devices and clarifying when clinical data should be submitted.



The 25 actions will result in “a smarter medical device program that supports innovation, keeps jobs here at home, and brings important, safe, and effective technologies to… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on February 5, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

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