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.
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.
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.
Security event monitors, the latest advance in security software, can help defend radiology departments against the growing onslaught of network attacks, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Not all institutions are large enough to expand their main PACS storage to accommodate the constant stream of incoming multislice CT data sets. For smaller institutions, a miniPACS can provide cost-effective additional storage for thin-section volumetric CT data sets, according to researchers in Seoul.
Imagine a reading space that allows you to electrically fog the glass to signal that you do not want to be interrupted. Or a system that directs sound from the speaker only to you, so you don’t have to share your conversations or music with unappreciative colleagues. These features and more will be part of the reading room of the future, and GE is giving them a trial run to see how they’ll be received by working radiologists.
Security is not something that you buy and install, according to Dr. Paul Chang, director of radiology informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A proper security model transcends devices and technology. It requires a reengineering of user behavior, attitude, and philosophy.
Little or no difference exists between 1-megapixel and 5-megapixel medical-grade LCD monitors for reading cervical spine images for fractures, according to a study presented at the SCAR meeting Thursday. And consumer-grade LCDs may be good enough for reading CT images, a second study concluded.
Overlying bone structure in the chest can stump computer-aided detection systems on the lookout for pulmonary nodules. Digitally subtracting the bone images from the chest radiograph can significantly improve CAD performance, according toMaryland researchers.