PACS Digital Community
Secure method leverages public cloud storage of images
September 17, 2014 -- For all its potential benefits, public cloud storage isn't currently a great option for archiving of medical images due to security concerns and challenges in managing workflow with existing on-site archives. Portuguese researchers have devised a method that aims to solve those problems.
Getting the most out of social media
September 17, 2014 -- Social media represents a game-changing tool for improving patient care, supporting education, and enhancing visibility, but imaging professionals must be aware of the potential pitfalls and be trained in how to use it both effectively and safely.
Europeans balance pros and cons of relocating to Middle East
September 3, 2014 -- Lucrative financial packages in the Gulf States, along with the prospect of a high-quality lifestyle, continue to attract radiologists to the Middle East, but there are trade-offs to be aware of when working in the region. Radiologists from Austria and Italy share their experiences and know-how.
Specialist certification gets easier in Germany
August 22, 2014 -- Changes to the training system are having major implications for radiologists in Germany. In this interview, Dr. Reinhard Loose, PhD, head of the Radiological Protection Commission Working Group of the German Radiological Society, discusses the certification requirements introduced in summer 2012.
Radiology interpretation performance may slip late in sessions
July 30, 2014 -- Radiologists may take less time to interpret images and see changes in their performance over the course of a long reading session, according to analysis from Warwick, U.K. But it's not clear if that dynamic represents an actual clinical concern or merely effects attributable to the study designs.
Market matters: Health information exchange
July 18, 2014 -- Barriers continue to exist across Europe for healthcare IT adoption, but there are tangible benefits for radiologists and patients alike on the horizon. Based on a new study, analyst Stephen Holloway discusses how large-scale IT infrastructure is shaping the future of medical imaging.
Actionable reports and the teleradiology debate
July 16, 2014 -- Technology has transformed radiologists' reporting practices, allowing for flexible working and sharing of workloads, but this should not compromise a radiologist's ability to provide actionable reports. Face-to-face dialogue remains a key factor, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar.
Why teleradiology companies must strive for quality
July 9, 2014 -- Outsourcing some reporting and out-of-hours work in overstretched and underresourced departments can be of great benefit, both in terms of accuracy and timeliness of reports, provided safeguards are built in and a rigorous approach to quality control is implemented, writes the responsible officer of a teleradiology company.
PACS downtime comes under growing scrutiny
July 8, 2014 -- As more and more core care processes move from paper-based to e-support, system or service uptime now plays a critical role in provider organizations, and planned or unplanned PACS downtime can be a serious problem, according to German expert Joachim Zaers.
Cash injection brings teleradiology progress in Turkey
July 3, 2014 -- A network of 100 mobile mammography units is due to be deployed across Turkey within the next year as part of a 183 million euro teleradiology screening project. Dr. Utku Şenol, president of the Turkish Medical Informatics Association, speaks about this and other developments.
RIS-integrated software can optimize radiation dose
July 1, 2014 -- A software application can be used to extract patient radiation dose information directly from imaging modalities and store the data in a RIS, aiding in analyses and potentially contributing to individualized patient care, researchers from Italy have found.
Technology helps get a grip on scheduling, resources
July 1, 2014 -- Across Europe, managers and staff in radiology departments, as well as their clinical peers, are facing a desperate need for dynamic scheduling and transparency regarding available resources. At the 16th DICOM Meeting and HIS-RIS-PACS workshop, held last week in Mainz, Germany, details of a dashboard solution were presented.
Norway acts to improve workflow and cut dose
June 25, 2014 -- A pioneering 50,000 euro project that began in the scenic west of Norway in April aims to organize imaging protocols so that examinations can be exchanged efficiently between hospital groups. The scheme is seen as a necessary step to optimize workflow and protect patients from excess radiation exposure.
The U.K.'s great teleradiology debate
June 18, 2014 -- Last week's teleradiology statement from the Royal College of Radiologists has got a heated response. Dr. George McInnes, a practicing U.K. radiologist who is an adviser to a teleradiology company, presents his personal views on the document.
Be creative on tech assessment, DRG president urges
June 16, 2014 -- A critical challenge is how to assess the influence of every imaging procedure with accuracy and rigor. Dr. Norbert Hosten, president of the German Radiological Society (DRG), thinks there's a big opportunity to exploit the potential of new scientific participation in fresh and original ways.