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Mobile devices look set to drive image sharing, communication
April 2, 2014 -- Radiologists are increasingly utilizing mobile devices in clinical applications, paving the way for new opportunities for image sharing and improved communication with clinicians and even patients, according to the results of a new Europe-wide survey presented at ECR 2014 in Vienna.
Mobile application brings images into autopsy room
March 31, 2014 -- Mobile devices can be used as an effective tool to link a radiology department and a forensic pathology institute at two different locations with a common workflow, enabling forensic pathologists to view CT images and reports offline during autopsies, German researchers have found.
Irish show alert systems boost communication with clinicians
March 25, 2014 -- The increased use of imaging means you can no longer assume all radiology reports will be acted upon by clinicians, so it's vital to consider implementing a computerized alert system for dealing with clinically significant, unexpected findings, according to Irish researchers.
Big data clouds signal end for enterprise PACS storage
March 24, 2014 -- Radiology has been ahead of the curve in adopting healthcare IT, evident in the widespread implementation of PACS. But heavy reliance on PACS and resistance to broader cooperation with other hospital stakeholders is slowing healthcare IT development. We look at the dynamic changes taking place in this rapidly evolving industry.
Use of mobile devices in radiology requires extra care
March 9, 2014 -- VIENNA - Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are increasingly being employed in radiology applications, but users must take heed of crucial technical factors that can affect their performance for viewing images, according to a Saturday presentation at ECR 2014.
Video from ECR 2014: Dr. Emanuele Neri on EuSoMII
March 8, 2014 -- VIENNA - Dr. Emanuele Neri, president of the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (EuSoMII), discusses the recent changes the organization has undergone and also the hot informatics topics of tablet use and teleradiology at ECR 2014.
Russia eyes teleradiology to bridge gaps in healthcare
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Slowly but surely, teleradiology is clearing challenging hurdles to adoption in Russia, paving the way for improved healthcare in sparsely populated areas of the country, attendees learned during Friday's "ESR meets Russia" session at ECR 2014.
Video from ECR 2014: Dr. Erik Ranschaert on mobile devices and teleradiology
March 7, 2014 -- VIENNA - Dr. Erik Ranschaert talks about why radiologists should use tablets and mobile devices in their daily practice, shares how they are used at his hospital, and also discusses the European Society of Radiology's recent statement on teleradiology.
iPad offers promise for mobile assessment of acute GI bleeding
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - An iPad can be an effective tool for reading CT angiography studies in patients suspected of having acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, according to a presentation from Italian researchers on Thursday at ECR 2014.
Mobile devices, tablets come of age for remote image reading
March 6, 2014 -- VIENNA - Tablets and mobile devices are evolving rapidly, providing alternatives to traditional workstations. Today's Refresher Course at ECR 2014 offers radiologists a comprehensive review of how these devices can be used to access medical images and patient records, and helps familiarize them with different technical settings and new mobile applications available.
RCR issues new guidance on implementing electronic requesting
February 26, 2014 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has published an updated practical guide to implementing order communications and electronic remote requesting in radiology that is free to download from the RCR's website.
Conceptual model explains success behind PACS
February 19, 2014 -- It can be challenging to determine the factors behind a successful PACS deployment. But a PACS performance framework developed by Dutch researchers may offer some important clues for hospitals seeking to maximize their investment.
Swiss use feedback system to improve report turnaround times
February 11, 2014 -- Knowing that your performance is being monitored and compared with your peers can be a powerful motivator. Swiss researchers have recently garnered significant improvements after implementing a system that shows radiology residents and staff radiologists how their report turnaround time ranks among their colleagues.
For reliable radiation dose data, RIS/PACS works best
February 11, 2014 -- Actual patient radiation dose data extracted from RIS/PACS databases are far more reliable than commonly used self-reported patient dose surveys that are based on average-sized patients and typical scanner parameters, researchers from Western Australia have found.
iPhone facilitates second opinions for on-call radiologists
January 20, 2014 -- On-call radiology residents can reliably use a smartphone to get after-hours advice from more experienced or specialized radiologists on challenging CT cases for the diagnosis of appendicitis, Korean researchers recently reported.
Purge your PACS: Deleting old images produces storage savings
December 30, 2013 -- Looking for a simple way to extend the life of your PACS archive? Try deleting old images after their useful life is over, according to research presented at RSNA 2013. One institution found that using image life-cycle management with rules-based image deletion policies reduced growth in its PACS archive to nearly zero.

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