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Despite its potential to improve the practice of radiology, radiomics largely has yet to find real-world clinical applications. High-quality science could help radiomics make the leap from the research realm to clinical practice, but, unfortunately, current studies in the literature often have insufficient scientific quality and reporting of findings, according to new research published in European Radiology.

A team from South Korea used objective measurements to review radiomics research articles and found frequent shortcomings in areas such as demonstrating clinical utility and including prospective analysis.

Enterprise imaging is hard. That's one of the conclusions reached by market analyst Stephen Holloway after his visit to the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual meeting in the U.S. He explains why adoption has progressed slowly and discusses several key trends in his status update on enterprise imaging.

After an investigation into how serious unexpected findings on radiology exams are handled in the National Health Service (NHS) in England, a government-funded, independent U.K. healthcare agency has issued several recommendations on how to improve the management of these critical imaging results. The conclusions have been endorsed by the Royal College of Radiologists.

There needs to be a change in mindsets in Europe toward how healthcare can be improved through the use of technology, according to a report from the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society & Health 2.0 European Conference.

In a new column for AuntMinnieEurope.com, Dr. Neelam Dugar offers her thoughts on how to deliver on regional image sharing. Also, overusing acronyms and abbreviations in imaging requests and reports can result in confusion, delayed diagnosis, and compromised patient safety. As a result, it's important to create an approved list of common acronyms to avoid the potential for confusion, according to Dr. Lucy Knox and colleagues from NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, U.K., and NHS Borders, Melrose.

In a video interview with AuntMinnieEurope.com Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward at the UK Imaging & Oncology Congress, Prof. Rachel Dunscombe provided some tips on how to maximize the efficiency of your PACS. In addition, Prof. Erika Denton described the progress being made in the U.K. on reducing turnaround times for image reporting.

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

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