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Should Hospitals Be Using Blockchain to Keep Patient Data Safe?

Nothing — not even medical images —are safe from cyberattacks. On May 12, the WannaCry ransomware attack infected around 300,000 operating systems in 150 countries. Among the casualties were 48 British hospital trusts, and many hospitals were forced to cancel or…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 19, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

In Rural Chinese Towns, Doctors Will be Adopting AI in Breast Cancer Screenings

Artificial Intelligence is encroaching on the way Chinese radiologists read breast scans. This month, the National Clinical Research Center for Cancer (NCRCC) signed a contract with the Institute of Computing Technology, a research center at the Chinese Academy of…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 18, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Here’s the Start-up Launching Making MRIs Telepathic

In the classic horror film Carrie, Sissy Spacek plays a teenager with telekinesis who uses her mental powers to burn down her high school gym after her classmates pour a bucket of pig’s blood on her head. Although telekinesis is usually just a…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 17, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Watch Out for Breast Cancer on all CT Chest Scans

People undergo CT scans for all kinds of reasons. However, a recent study…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Self-Centered Careerists Are Ruining Radiology

Rising up through ranks of the corporate ladder is a saying that most would never think to apply to radiologists. However, a new study…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 11, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Zebra and Teleradiology Solutions Are Joining Forces

Zebra Medical Vision is partnering with India-based Teleradiology Solutions (TRS) to deliver its deep learning-powered image analysis system to 150 hospitals in 20 countries throughout Asia and Africa.…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 10, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Be Careful When Sharing Images on Chat Apps

The world’s most popular chat service Whatsapp, with more than 1.2 billion active users, is regularly used by medical professionals within England’s National Health Service. Although sending patient information through messaging platforms is strictly prohibited by British authorities,…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 7, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Radiology is Making a Comeback, and Is Now a Central Part of Medical Education

Howard University College of Medicine is updating their first-year curriculum to include courses that integrate radiology with anatomy studies. This initiative was introduced as a response to managing funding, faculty, and time constraints.…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

More Talk is Better

Despite the influx of cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets meant to streamline communication, radiologists and referring physicians still struggle to establish effective lines of communication. Yet, findings from a…

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Added by Julie Morse on July 3, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Medical Imaging Might be Coming to an Airport Near You

Going through TSA’s full body scanner has become an expected part of air flight. However, the Department of Homeland Security is working to make these scanners more accurate as a way to prevent…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 28, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What Happens When You CT-Scan a Baseball?

In the 1907 World Series, the Detroit Tigers tried to defeat the Chicago Cubs by surreptitiously using an unsanctioned baseball. Their attempts were unsuccessful, and the Cubs went on to win the World Series. Despite their victory,…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 27, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Do Radiologists Walk the Talk?

There’s a disparity between radiologists’ commitment to providing strong patient care, and the number of patients who feel they’re receiving adequate attention. Although many radiologists want to maintain an open rapport with their patients, an overwhelming workload often hinders them from engaging in high level…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 26, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Radiologists Receive the Most Inbound Referrals of Any Specialist

Referrals are a main facet of medicine’s ecosystem. Amino, a platform that synthesizes data from insurance companies to create a transparent healthcare marketplace, wanted to get a full perspective of how referrals work. So they evaluated…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How Can We Improve Patient Satisfaction?

Patient satisfaction is the focal point of healthcare. It’s the ultimate way to measure the effectiveness of a facility and the quality of practitioners. High patient satisfaction means strong patient retention and reduced risk of malpractice. Over…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Should We Approach GBCAs Differently?

Studies have shown that gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) can leave traces of gadolinium in the brain. By and large, the diagnosis tool is considered safe for non-renal insufficient patients. However, research over the last few years has made medical policy advocates think differently about the way we should use GBCAs.…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 21, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Radiology Wisdom: Going Back to Our Roots

Radiologists don’t observe their patients like other clinicians. That’s why radiologists chose this specialty, because the interpretation process isn’t superficial. The diagnosis requires an examination that’s deeper than what’s immediately visible.…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Healthcare Does Not Need Faster Radiologists

Radiologists (and all physicians for that matter) are compensated based on RVU, or relative value unit. RVUs are measured using a variety of factors: work, expenses, and liability insurance. Those variables are divided into different components that evaluate time, skill, judgement, equipment, and supplies. The Medicare rate is determined by multiplying the…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why Do Second Opinions Matter?

Getting a second opinion was once considered an optional consultation. Yet, over the last couple of years, research has determined that a second opinion is imperative to a patient’s health. According to a 2016 study…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Text Message Appointment Reminders Decrease No-Shows

Text messaging has become the dominant form of communication. So that’s why it would make sense to send patients appointment-reminders via text message. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology determined that texting a patient to remind them of their upcoming MRI exam reduced no-shows by 1.3…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Interventional Radiology Takes on a New Condition

An enlarged prostate can seriously impede daily life functions. Benign prostate hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate affects 80 percent of males, and that same percentage experience complications such as urinary retention and kidney damage. Traditional remedies include invasive surgery, cutting the tissue out, and other advancements that diminish the…

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Added by Julie Morse on June 7, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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