While the cost of PACS has declined in the last decade, the system is still a major investment that requires careful planning, implementation, and follow-up, according to speakers on Sunday, the last day of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine meeting in Providence.
Researchers involved in a large multicenter trial have combined readily available technology with a customized data collection and reporting process that has enabled them to minimize costs while reading the studies in a timely manner. The technology and expertise used can be adapted to just about any clinical research study with digital imaging requirements, according to a scientific paper presented at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine meeting in Providence.
There will come a day when radiologists enter a reading room and go to a station where the chair, workstation, lighting, and ambient temperature settings will all automatically adjust to optimized preset preferences. Until that day, however, radiologists will have to suffer in substandard working conditions unless they take takes steps to personally adjust their environment or someone in the radiology department becomes a champion for the cause of better reading room design.
One hundred radiology and information technologists took a pilot exam Saturday that will allow them to become certified imaging informatics professionals. The test is a new step in the drive to bring professional recognition to the management of radiology informatics systems.
As radiology becomes more and more digital, teaching files can be created faster and more easily if appropriately integrated with other applications, according to Dr. Luciano Prevedello at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Tools for managing an outsourced radiology service premiered at the Neurostar booth during the SIIM meeting. New additions to the company's Virtual Radiology Network include enhanced schedule-based routing of studies and custom management reporting tools supporting both real-time dashboard style and retrospective information. Digital recording, web-based transcription, custom structured report templates, and voice recognition have also been added, along with automated billing and cost-analysis reporting.
A suite of teleradiology products and services launched at the SIIM meeting will improve efficiency by intelligently routing studies, according to its developer, CoActiv Medical. The suite, called Exam-Net, focuses on image distribution, reading, and archiving. Its Acquire & Forward Server receives studies directly from multiple modalities or an existing PACS, automatically sending them for temporary storage to a hosted Exam-Net server at one of CoActiv's data centers, or to an onsite imaging location. The hosted server can be programmed for "intelligent" imaging forwarding, automatically routing studies to appropriate radiologists at any location.
Native 3D and postprocessing capabilities are taking center stage at the Carestream Health booth during the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine conference June 7 to 10. Volumetric capability and other advanced functions are embedded into the latest version of the company’s Carestream PACS, which will begin shipping the end of this month. Also built into the enhanced system are image fusion, orthopedic surgical templating, and cardiac functions.
Siemens Medical Solutions put its syngo Suite in the spotlight at SIIM 2007 as the means to an advanced level of interoperability and flexibility for imaging centers. The product, a hybrid IT that integrates RIS, PACS, postprocessing, and patient data handling, brings image management and practice management together in an easy-to-use package.
Mercury Computer introduced enhanced 3D tools and application workflow for CT angiography at the SIIM meeting. The enhancements, part of Visage CS Thin Client/Server 2.2, address 3D and 4D image interpretation, postprocessing, and distribution tasks possible within the PACS workflow anywhere in the hospital enterprise. Bone removal for CT runoff studies automatically subtracts leg bone, pelvic bone, and spine to illuminate vascular structures. A new integrated suite of analytical tools defines and traces vessels and performs curved planar reformatting or a straightened lumen view. A Cardiac CT Analysis Package features 4D Cardiac CT data support, including coronary vessel analysis and left ventricular function analysis.