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Radiology: The FDA and Artificial Intelligence

Out of the dozens of AI companies in radiology, eight have apps cleared to market by the FDA (as of March 18, 2018). Almost all of these with FDA clearance have successfully applied via the FDA 510(k) premarket notification process

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Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 17: Some Observations

Artificial Intelligence (AI) continued to be a hot topic at the Radiology Society of North America 2017 annual meeting. It was reported that RSNA 2017 had four times the number of AI sessions as there were at RSNA 2016. Two … Continue reading

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Interventional Cardiology in Transition

Aging baby boomers, new clinical therapies, and evolving regulations are increasing the work load of interventional cardiologists. Do these three factors represent a Perfect Storm for cardiology? If so, let’s hope that cardiology weathers their storm better than the crew … Continue reading

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3D Printing Expanding in Medicine: Implications for Radiology

3D Printing or more accurately, Additive Manufacturing, is quickly finding more and more medical applications. Several of these applications are in radiology. Radiologists are taking note as was evidenced by the sold out session at RSNA 2014, “Fundamentals of 3D … Continue reading

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Developing an Enterprise Imaging System Plan: First Steps

Looking beyond radiology and cardiology to build a system to collect, index, manage and communicate images of all types throughout the enterprise is a large and complex undertaking. Key steps in developing a plan are to size the project, establish … Continue reading

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Look at the Dark Side of the Cloud Before Using it for Archiving Images

Introduction The attractiveness of the economy of scale of cloud services has drawn many health system CIO’s attention for some time when looking at medical image storage. Now that Enterprise Image Archives are coming, CIO interest in the cloud has … Continue reading

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Smartphones Revive the Black Bag for Doctors: A Mixed Blessing?

Downloadable pdf file here Introduction As recently as the early ‘60s, doctors commonly made house calls carrying a black bag with the basic tools of their profession: stethoscope; thermometer; tongue depressor; otoscope; blood pressure cuff; an assortment of bandages; needles … Continue reading

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Patients Do More than Engage — They Can Take Control

While CMS is focused on patient portals in EHRs to engage patients, patients have been engaging themselves with the aid of smartphones.  Smartphones have been supplemented with a variety of external sensors which track health parameters, providing information for the … Continue reading

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Enterprise Imaging: The Enterprise and More

Introduction Just as PACS is not just about radiology, Enterprise Imaging is not just about the Enterprise.   Incorporating images from outside the Enterprise must be managed as well.   Images outside the firewall include not only images sent in for consultation … Continue reading

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More Mobile Cardiology Tools and Apps

In addition to the ECG apps reported on earlier, cardiologists have a diverse set of additional diagnostic apps to add to their black bags. These cardiology apps can speed diagnosis in the cardiologist’s exam room.

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