RSNA 2019 Survival Guide: Must-See Technology

RSNA 2019 Survival Guide: Must-See Technology

Planning to attend the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2019 meeting on December 1-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago? Novarad has the scoop on getting the most out of this event. What to expect at RSNA 2019 The RSNA annual meeting gives radiology professionals opportunities to learn about new technologies, gain CME, and meet […]

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Physician Burnout: What is it and How to Prevent it

In the US, physician burnout grew about 20 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to researchers writing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Burnout typically involves physical and emotional exhaustion, usually paired with feelings of reduced motivation, increased cynicism, ineffectiveness, or discouragement. Common causes of physician burnout include heavy workloads, regulatory burdens, a lack of support from […]

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Is Interoperability Paving the Path to Truly Open Healthcare?

The following is a guest post written by Alex Tate, a Health IT writer providing perceptive, engaging and informative consultancy on industry-wide topics.  With the healthcare technology revolution brought in by Electronic Health Record systems, healthcare data is now more digital and more shareable than ever. Until less than a decade ago, hospitals and private […]

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Vaping and E-Cigarettes: The Inside View

In a season of horror movies and haunted houses, doctors and researchers are investigating more real-life scares. For the CDC, FDA, and state and local health agencies, that includes a nationwide outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping. As of October 8, 2019, the CDC has been informed of 1,299 cases of lung injury across […]

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Could Improve Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Every October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps expand public knowledge of breast cancer, its risk factors, and its treatments. For example, did you know that the rate of breast cancer in men, though rare, has been rising in recent years? The American Cancer Society estimates that 2019 will see approximately 2,670 new cases of invasive […]

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RVUs in Radiology: 3 Ways to Improve Your Productivity

If you have spent any time in the healthcare field you may have heard about RVU in a variety of contexts, including when used for medical billing or to figure out the optimal workload for medical jobs. When broken down, RVU can help you understand how certain services are measured to get the most value […]

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Getting the Bigger Picture of Radiologist Burnout

Does physician care go hand-in-hand with patient care? We know it does — when a healthcare practitioner faces these issues, so do their patients. In our last post on mental health for healthcare workers, we addressed how physician burnout can have adverse effects on patient care. Radiologist burnout has previously been looked at as a […]

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Yes, Radiology Can (And Should) Benefit from Clinical Decision Support

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Did you know that 25 percent of all advanced imaging services are clinically inappropriate? If you didn’t, you’ve probably had an inkling about it and likely have experienced it yourself. This wastes time and money, causes unnecessary use of radiation, and devalues radiological services. This is just one of the problems that clinical decision support […]

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Enterprise Imaging is Here to Stay

While it may seem like just a trendy buzzword, enterprise imaging is ready to play a significant role in the future of hospital imaging. What is enterprise imaging? The term “enterprise imaging” is relatively new, and continues to evolve. Currently, enterprise imaging usually means collecting all patient data, including images and reports, into one place. […]

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How the “Silver Tsunami” of an Aging Population is Affecting Radiology

As the baby boomer generation ages, the U.S. healthcare industry is preparing for what is being referred to as a “silver tsunami” of older patients. According to the U.S Census Bureau, by 2035, senior citizens will outnumber youth for the first time in U.S. history, with populations of 78 million and 76.4 million, respectively. This […]

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Radiology: Standing Up to Cancer

How is Radiology Helping Fight Cancer? In honor of International Stand Up to Cancer Day, September 13, let’s take a look at a few of the newer ways that radiology is helping to fight cancer. Combining Radiology Reports With AI A team of scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown that an artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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What is a Picture Archiving and Communication System?

What is PACS? Medical imaging has undergone so many changes in such a short time, it can be difficult to keep track. Whether you are a healthcare provider looking to upgrade, or simply someone with no prior knowledge looking to learn more, often it can be beneficial to read a primer on the various technologies […]

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How Augmented Reality is Being Used in Medicine (Part Two)

In a previous blog post, we introduced the use of augmented reality (AR) in healthcare. Since this technology is primarily for physician and scientist use, the benefits have largely focused on these groups. Ultimately, however, individual patients and patient populations will see the most positive results from AR technology development. Here are a few ways […]

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Why Sharing Images via CDs Isn’t Reliable

Many radiology departments and practices still use CDs to share images with patients and other providers, but are they still the best option? The general consensus is rather negative, and here’s why. Using CDs for radiology images is inconvenient for several reasons. If you’ve ever shared images via CDs, you’ve probably struggled with the following […]

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A Guide to Forensic Radiology and Future Trends

Forensic Radiology and The Future When most people hear the word “forensics” they picture teams of people in full-body suits squinting over crime scenes with flashlights and running objects for fingerprints. But the reality is that there is much more to forensics than what you see on television. Forensic radiology, for example, can be a […]

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Medical Imaging in the Digital Age

What is digital medical imaging? While medical imaging was once limited to things such as analog x-ray machines, modern imaging solutions mean that healthcare providers are able to explore the human body in a more sophisticated and enlightening way than ever before. Digital medical imaging technology has opened doors to more accurate diagnosis and more […]

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Can You Text Patients Under HIPAA?

Can you text patients under HIPAA?

Texting is a fast, convenient way to contact patients and confirm an appointment time, let them know they have updates in their health records, or provide personalized health tips. Despite the convenience, however, many of us are hesitant to text patients due to fears of running afoul of HIPAA. Fortunately, Roger Severino, Director of the […]

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The Impact of Medical Technology

Advancements in technology constantly make the world more efficient, but there is arguably no area that has been more impacted by technological advancements than the field of medicine. As a result of developments in medical technology, healthcare providers in all verticals are able to treat a greater number of patients more effectively and more efficiently. […]

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Why convert DICOM to JPEG?

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is the most common format for communicating and managing medical imaging data. Although DICOM is the standard, it can be difficult to work with, or exchange, these kinds of files using some standard software systems. As such, conversion from DICOM to JPEG sometimes becomes necessary. How do I […]

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Why Switch to Digital Radiography

Digital transformation affects every industry, and healthcare is no exception. Digital radiography is by no means a new concept — in fact it has been around for more than a decade. However, the kind of digital radiography that was introduced then was not what it is now, and significant improvements have been made to radiographic […]

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