Irish learn lessons from national PACS project
January 21, 2015 -- Achieving a fully integrated national RIS/PACS network using a single archive is a hugely challenging task, but it can be achieved with adequate resources and close cooperation between medical disciplines, according to researchers from the Republic of Ireland.
iPads are sufficient to diagnose spine fractures
January 15, 2015 -- Radiologists can make use of iPads to diagnose thoracolumbar spine fractures on radiographs, performing just as well as they would on traditional PACS diagnostic workstations, Greek researchers reported at the recent RSNA meeting in Chicago.
CT's expansion puts emphasis on dose in Middle East
January 14, 2015 -- At least 11 new CT scanners are due to be installed between now and March across Dubai and the north of the United Arab Emirates, and such rapid growth means the authorities are putting renewed emphasis on radiation protection and patient safety.
New display calibration method may boost color image viewing
January 9, 2015 -- Although color now pervades medical imaging, currently accepted calibration methods for imaging displays still rely on assessing gray levels. Display calibration may soon enter the color era, however, if a proposed extension to the DICOM Grayscale Standard Display Function is adopted.
U.K. releases new standards on ultrasound
January 7, 2015 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers have published standards on the provision of an ultrasound service. The document can be downloaded for free and includes information about equipment, training and education, reports, auditing, and image management.
iPad can replace mouse for driving PACS workstation
January 2, 2015 -- Tired of using a mouse to control your PACS workstation software? Thanks to its touchscreen interface, an iPad is capable of handling this task, researchers from Stanford University in California reported at the 2014 RSNA meeting.
Germany's new quality guidelines: What has changed?
December 19, 2014 -- An updated set of quality assurance guidelines took effect in Germany on 4 November 2014. Significantly, they include a new standard on acceptance and consistency testing of image display systems.
Insights: Structured reporting's 'fusion reactor' gets hungry for fuel
December 17, 2014 -- The time for structured reporting has come, and it has changed from an eternal promise, like that of a nuclear fusion reactor, into a device that is ready for clinical deployment, according to a new article in Insights into Imaging that's garnering great attention.
Scaling new heights: Spain prioritizes visibility
December 17, 2014 -- The Spanish Society of Radiology (SERAM) is working hard to ensure its members are at the forefront of patient care with its new public campaign, "What's your radiologist's name?" In an exclusive interview, SERAM President Dr. José Luis del Cura Rodríguez outlines his future vision.
Users, vendors must define HL7 ORM for health IT success
November 25, 2014 -- ORMs, or order response messages, are used to transmit electronic requests and scheduling information between ordercomms, RIS, and PACS. It's vital both customers and vendors recognize the importance of HL7 ORM messages, writes Dr. Neelam Dugar in her latest column.