Archive: 31 October 2021

AI in radiology is just getting started, but these 4 lessons can help practices prepare

Radiology departments are just beginning to deploy artificial intelligence tools in real-world clinical practice. But learning from these early adopters can help pave the way for others in the specialty. These 4 lessons can help practices prepare better.

  1. Some groups are using AI to facilitate imaging orders
  2. Artificial intelligence is creating an entirely novel kind of work for rads, who may be responsible for managing new data streams
  3. Monitoring and updating processes and software to track performance.
  4. Assess if the value of AI outweighs its maintenance costs.

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Managing displays during the pandemic requires attention to detail

Working remotely creates challenges for hospital and private practice IT personnel, who have to make sure that monitors are correctly calibrated to operate at the optimal level. But lockdown, social distancing rules, and individual radiologist concerns make it difficult for IT professionals to personally visit every radiologist’s home to confirm that systems are set up properly.

Radiologists and imaging professionals to understand the challenges and necessities of facilitating remote radiology work.

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Will the shift to remote reading during COVID-19 be permanent?

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the everyday life of radiologists, forcing many to work remotely. But they must have the right technology to do so. More than simply a computer and monitors, these remote setups are considered trusted medical devices and are the primary interface between radiologists and patient data. Therefore, medical displays and how they are managed are important concerns.

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Radiologists are capable of differentiating COVID-19 from other lookalikes on chest CT

Radiologists are capable of differentiating COVID-19 from other atypical pneumonia on CT, according to a new analysis published in the European Journal of Radiology.

Computed tomography emerged as a useful tool for assessing patients with the novel coronavirus last year. However, it has also raised concerns among the specialty, with chest imaging lacking the specificity of viral testing and overlapping with similar findings for other infections.

German researchers set out to explore this topic in what they believe is the first study to gauge radiologists’ performance in determining patients’ stage of COVID-19 pneumonia. Physicians appeared to excel, though they did struggle to assess the early and late stages of the disease, and skill levels did not impact the results.


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Worldwide shortage of radiologists poses challenge to breast cancer screening services

A worldwide shortage of radiologists is the “most significant challenge” for breast cancer screening services, which are still recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

Members of the national service have warned that addressing the deficit in the radiologist workforce will be critical to keeping the service going in the next couple of years.

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Team to create framework for evaluating AI-based medical imaging

Artificial intelligence (AI) is showing promise in multiple medical imaging applications. Yet rigorous evaluation of these methods is important before they are introduced into clinical practice.

A multi-institutional and multiagency team led by researchers at Washington University is outlining a framework for objective task-based evaluation of AI-based methods and outlining the key role that physicians play in these evaluations. They also are providing techniques to conduct such evaluations, particularly in positron emission tomography (PET).

A key challenge to the team is attention to the primacy of ‘trustworthy AI.’ This paper lays down a rigorous framework for evaluating AI methods in the direction of improving this trust.

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Medical imaging is the essence of patient care

Medical imaging technologists are frontline workers and have had to endure the same pressures as other health care workers throughout the pandemic and deserve to be included alongside their peers. Thanks to multidisciplinary work that includes various players in the continuum of care, our hospitals, community service centers, medical clinics and medical imaging laboratories have succeeded in continuing to provide high-quality care.

A recent survey by the Central African Republic of its members showed that the number one obstacle to catching up on filming waiting lists is the shortage of technicians.
About 70% of respondents indicated that lack of human resources for medical imaging was the biggest obstacle to reducing waiting times.

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Cardiac MRI accurate for suspected cardiac tumor

Cardiac MRI demonstrated high diagnostic accuracy in patients with suspected cardiac tumors and may serve as a good independent predictor of long-term survival, researchers reported.
Expert consider CMR as a key diagnostic tool in the evaluation of patients with suspected cardiac tumors
The present study is the largest imaging study to date for the diagnosis of cardiac tumor and confirms the high accuracy of CMR previously reported in smaller cohorts in whom cardiac tumors were known to be present

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Radiologists prefer a subspecialized reporting system

Back in January 2018, a Swiss health system retooled its workflow to create a centralized reporting network. The restructuring also created organ-based radiology teams and most radiologists were relocated from satellite facilities to the main hospital.
The thinking was that consolidated reporting would make life easier for imaging team members as well as referring physicians. After sending out 400 questionnaires to assess the project, researchers found that more than 95% of radiologists preferred the update.

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6 pro tips for success during the early days of radiology residency

Transitioning from medical school into the first year of residency can be daunting for some, but there are a few pro tips one can follow to survive and thrive.

A lack of exposure to rad life and its daily workflow can be two of the biggest reasons why some struggle during the early stage in their careers.

Here is an outline of six tips that can help new radiologists be successful not only for residency but also in their future careers:

  1. Start studying in advance.
  2. Try to improve your efficiency.
  3. Understand burnout.
  4. Plan your finances.
  5. Make connections that can help in the future.
  6. Start thinking about a future after residency.

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