Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerners have lost 14 I.Q. points on average since the Victorian Era. Learn (pun not intended) more!
A new online medical imaging journal aimed at bridging gaps between the developed and developing worlds is being launched this month.
Topics will include equipment availability, infrastructure, radiologists, technologists, training and education, socioeconomic factors, and disease patterns. The journal will also cover innovation in equipment and consumables manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and service delivery.
The publication will “promote awareness of the state of radiology services and workforce in the developing world,” said Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sarwat Hussain from University of Massachusetts Medical School. “In that context, it will publish pieces to foster dialogues with individuals and organizations that share visions of building and establishing cost-effective and relevant diagnostic radiology services for all citizens in the world, through communication, collaboration, education, and advocacy.” Read the article!
By Marianne Matthews
During AHRA, Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) announced that the hospital is completing its upgrade to direct radiography (DR) through Agfa’s Digital Radiography Upgrade Program. The unique cost structure allows the hospital to transition its CR technologies to DR without a major capital investment—in fact, it will “pay for itself,” according to Roland Rhynus, executive director of the radiology department at LLUMC.
But Rhynus said that good pricing was only one incentive for moving forward with Agfa. “The primary reason for making the transition from CR had to do with dose,” said Rhynus. “We are regularly seeing a 30% dose reduction since we converted to DR.” The institution began the transitioning process in October 2013. Ultimately, LLUMC’s Digital Radiography Upgrade Program will include the installation of 11 Agfa DX-D retrofit systems to convert existing CR-based radiography rooms to digital systems, and five wireless DX-D 100 mobile DR systems.
“Our Pediatric Radiology Chair was really pleased with this move to DR,” said Rhynus. “The exams are easier on our patients, and the lower dose is so important. It’s really good for our NICU, too.”
When it comes to dose management, Rhynus pointed out the value of education. “We have our on-site physicist involved [in the DR transition project]. He regularly and repeatedly reminds our technologists to keep dose down, to avoid dose creep.” What’s more, Agfa Healthcare is playing a role in the education process, too. Rhynus said the company plans to conduct two 4-hour ASRT-certified continuing education sessions on dose reduction for LLUMC staffers.
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A team of Canadian researchers is working on the so-called surgical black box, promising to create a device capable of monitoring every movement in the operating room that simultaneously analyzes recordings and identifies mistakes. Surgeons, in turn, can get instant feedback – as they operate.
“Operations could become flawless. Post-operative complications could be significantly reduced. Surgeons could review the footage to improve their technique and prep for the next big case,” Dr. Chethan Sathya, a surgical resident at the University of Toronto and a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, writes in a piece for CNN Health. Read the article!
Guidelines to enhance communication during patient care transitions between healthcare settings have the potential to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, as well as to decrease overall healthcare costs. During care transitions, patients’ clinicians, including hospital-based clinicians and community-based primary care providers (PCPs), are responsible for sharing clinical information across settings and communicating directly, if necessary, to address time-sensitive questions and to transfer accountability for patients’ care. Read the full article!
Animals will eat just about anything. The proof is in the radiographs.
Take a look at all the “They Ate WHAT” images!
Ce film présente les travaux menés par AGFA Healthcare et Cegedim Assurances pour offrir, en mode intégré dans le logiciel Hexagone, des services intégrés : le contrôle des droits et la dématérialisation des factures.
HealthTech Wire / Interview – Christian Riemer, Head of Clinical IT-Systems at Klinik Kitzinger Land, Germany, describes the hospital’s transformation of the medical reporting process and its impact on the care quality, resulting from adopting Agfa Orbis Speech across all its clinical departments. The system, by now used in more than 50 hospitals in the DACH area, is powered by Nuance clinical speech recognition.
“We see improvement both in the quality of the reports and in the overall time it takes to produce clinical documentation.”