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SCAR 2005

SCAR 2005

A panel of radiology seers consulted a collective crystal ball during the closing session of the SCAR meeting and attempted to predict what the future holds for radiology in three, 10, and 25 years.

Breast imagers and their allies cornered vendor representatives during a special session at the SCAR meeting Saturday and demanded more standardization and consistency in the handling of digital breast images.

The final 30 minutes of SCAR’s marathon five-hour digital breast imaging forum on Saturday afternoon was allotted to a manufacturers’ panel discussion. Representatives from more than 15 manufacturers fielded questions from the audience.

While the rapid transition to multislice CT overloads radiologists with images, the typical workflow strategy used to cope with image overload is unsatisfactory, according to a SCAR University session. A volumetric navigation approach addresses this problem, but not without problems of its own.

Settling for traditional high availability, rather than a continuously available network paradigm, can be a costly strategy, eroding patient confidence and opening hospitals up to medicolegal issues, according to a SCAR University presentation. Turning to clustered computing could provide one solution to improving system availability.

Over 10% of the image CDs patients bring from one hospital facility to another cannot be transferred onto a PACS, according to a study from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

A multisociety effort is under way to define what constitutes image quality from a clinical perspective.

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