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Dear PACS Insider,

The iPad is no longer a novelty device in radiology. But is the popular tablet really appropriate for on-the-go diagnostic interpretation of radiology studies?

The answer is yes, according to a recent meta-analysis from Australian researchers. In a review of 11 studies published in this month's edition of the British Journal of Radiology, the University of Queensland team found no statistically significant difference in diagnostic performance between iPads and either LCDs or traditional PACS displays. Click here for all the details.

Speaking of alternative displays, a 1.8-megapixel LCD was found to be suitable for viewing mammograms for training purposes, according to another featured article this month in our PACS Community. What's more, Apple's iPhone also showed promise. Click here for our article by staff writer Rebekah Moan.

If you're using free DICOM toolkit software to deidentify patient health information on images for research purposes, you might want to check out our article on recent research from the University Medical Center Groningen. The Dutch team had some interesting findings on the performance of these toolkits.

Cloud-based systems can facilitate effective analysis and comparison of CT radiation dose across multiple facilities, according to recent German research. Contributing writer Michael Reiter has our coverage, which outlines how this model represents a major boost for patient safety.

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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