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Radiologists need better access to patient data stored in the electronic medical record, imaging IT expert Rik Primo explains. 

Imaging IT expert Rik Primo discusses emerging issues he saw at RSNA and HIMSS.

Many new imaging solutions were on display at the world's largest health informatics conference, held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Stephen Little, MD, discusses trends in echocardiography at ASE 2023. #ASE23 #ASE2023 What is new in cardiac ultrasound.

Back in the spotlight: Exploring echocardiography's revival

American Society of Echocardiography President Stephen Little, MD, says several trends and technologies are coming together at once, leading to renewed interest in echo.

July 10, 2023
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‘I have no dose for anyone right now’: Drug shortage hits cardiologists in Canada, leading to delays

“It's very important,” one cardiologist said. “This is a life-saving test and it's very frustrating that we can't access the medication.”

July 10, 2023
Syringeless contrast media injectors like the GE Ulrich CT Motion gained a lot of interest in 2022 because of the iodinated contrast shortage. These systems use rollers to squeeze precise amounts of contrast from a large bolus container for multiple patients, helping conserve a significant amount of contrast.

Multi-use syringeless injectors could completely eliminate contrast waste

Such products could increase departmental efficiency and advance environmental initiatives in radiology, experts claimed in Academic Radiology.

June 26, 2023
Two examples of PSMA-PET scans showing numerous prostate cancer metastases spread throughout the body. Many of these smaller tumors would not have been detected on previous standard-of-care imaging. Photo on left courtesy of SNMMI, right University of Chicago. #PSMAPET

PSMA-PET a more cost-effective option for patients long-term compared to standard prostate imaging

The findings support adopting F-18 DCFPyL PET/CT as the standard of care for prostate cancer staging, authors of a new Scientific Reports paper concluded.

May 25, 2023
CT contrast injector data screen in a control room with the CT scanner in the background, at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

Is warming iodinated contrast prior to use really necessary?

The ACR Manual on Contrast Media suggests that highly viscous ICM should be warmed to body temperature prior to administration when using high-rate intravenous low-osmolality power injections, viscous iodinated CM, small-caliber catheters, or for timed studies looking at peak enhancement.   

May 18, 2023

Natural language processing helps increase follow-up imaging adherence, resulting in significant revenue

A new paper details how a team at the University of California utilized a hybrid system consisting of a quality coordinator and NLP software to bring in more than $60,000 in additional revenue from follow-up imaging alone.

May 15, 2023

Solar cell materials could make medical imaging safer, more cost-effective

Not only could the materials reduce patient exposure to ionizing radiation, they also could reduce costs associated with traditional X-ray equipment, according to newly published research in Nature Communications.

May 11, 2023
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Accessibility, reimbursement and other issues limit uptake of PET/CT among oncologists, survey reveals

Difficulty obtaining PET/CT scans was reported by 55% of respondents, with 21% citing this as the greatest barrier in treating classic Hodgkin lymphoma.

April 27, 2023
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