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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.
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.
Plan ahead to achieve success in PACS replacement
December 17, 2013 -- Good support and professionalism from the outgoing PACS supplier are important for smooth data migration, according to healthcare informatics columnist Dr. Neelam Dugar. In the second part of a practical guide to PACS replacement, she describes how she and her colleagues handled the process.
Why the jury's still out on standardized reports
December 11, 2013 -- When it comes to radiology reports, lean processing is vital, but extreme standardizing seeks to "commoditize" what we do, writes Dr. Leo Lawler in a commentary. Your report is your individual testament, so it's natural to have a sense of ownership of how you do it, he said.
Practice smooths PACS data migration process
December 10, 2013 -- A well-conceived trial run prior to PACS migration can identify the most important problems institutions will encounter during their switch to a replacement PACS and enable problem-solving ahead of time, Dutch researchers reported at RSNA 2013 in Chicago.
Banned: Top 8 words or phrases to avoid in radiology reports
October 30, 2013 -- To highlight common expressions that can mislead, misinform, or misdirect referring physicians, the radiology report needs to be re-examined, and it is vital to eliminate the lexicon of clichés that undermine a radiologist's work because of their vagueness, warns a respected global expert in a hard-hitting editorial.
Consistency still eludes teleradiology use in France
October 28, 2013 -- Results of research conducted by the French Radiology Union Council across its regional branches reveal operational differences in teleradiology setup and delayed implementation in different areas of the country.
ESR forges ahead with teleradiology white paper
October 10, 2013 -- The first details about the long-awaited white paper on teleradiology from the European Society of Radiology (ESR) will be revealed on Friday, 11 October, at the Management in Radiology congress in Barcelona, Spain. Co-author Dr. Erik Ranschaert, chair of the ESR task force on teleradiology, will present the paper at the congress.