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Dear PACS Insider,

The modern radiologist typically reads studies using PACS workstation software. Given the skills required to navigate and manipulate volumetric datasets, it would seem useful for upcoming radiologists to have access to training resources that offer an experience mimicking clinical practice.

Dr. Jens Borgbjerg of Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark has done just that with Imaging Anatomy, an online and open-access interactive atlas featuring a user interface that simulates a PACS workstation. With Imaging Anatomy, users can view radiological anatomical structures that are identified and presented in multiple planes. They can also learn how image manipulation tools affect the presentation of anatomy. Click here to explore the vision behind Imaging Anatomy.

Patient portals can yield many benefits, including providing patients with control over their image data and facilitating image sharing. However, adoption still remains low due to a variety of issues.

Implementation could be aided, however, if new research studies could provide evidence for successful solutions to common problems encountered by institutions with these portals, according to recent research by a team from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Click here to learn more.

While evidence-based research might be lacking in this area, there are still a number of strategies you can try right now, though. DICOM Grid CEO Morris Panner shares his five tips for driving patient portal adoption in an article here.

In other articles this month in the PACS Community, a discussion involving the practice of radiologists reporting at home generated some strong opinions at the recent 2015 U.K. Radiological Congress. Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward has our coverage, which you can access by clicking here.

If you have any tips or suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered in the PACS Community, please feel free to drop me a line.

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