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FDA Clears AI Applications to Assist Radiologists

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in radiology have been and are being developed by the established imaging companies and a host of new companies. Many of the recent FDA cleared applications have focused on the radiologist, aiding image analysis or improving … Continue reading

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Enterprise Imaging: Not Business as Usual

A common complaint is the difficulty in getting traction for Enterprise Imaging (EI) Systems in health care systems, especially in IT departments. Three issues arise when the topic of EI comes up, usually in the following order. First is that … Continue reading

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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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