Surgeons likely think that patient care centers on the scalpel, while radiologists think it’s about the scans and nurses believe it’s about bedside manner and being attuned to patient needs.
Patient care certainly is all of those things and many more. But at its very core, patient care is all about communication:
- Patients communicating their symptoms and family history to physicians
- Physicians communicating diagnoses to patients or communicating about needed tests and scans to the necessary providers
- Technicians performing scans and radiologists interpreting the results and communicating that to physicians
It’s no surprise that adoption of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been growing of late and shows no signs of stopping. After all, DBT has been shown to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast cancer screening and diagnosis. But not everyone involved with implementing DBT fully understands all the technical issues.
The Tomosynthesis File Size Issue
Storage is a particularly thorny issue. According to a recent article in the American Journal of Roentgenology, if a practice stores both FFDM and DBT slices, plus the 15 raw data projection issues, 200 times the storage is needed than if it were storing FFDM alone. Even if the practice discards the projection images, 100 times the amount of storage is still needed.
Perhaps the only thing worse than not enough data is too much data. Clinical staff and hospital leaders are all keenly aware that data is key to improving patient outcomes, increasing departmental performance, and showing radiology’s value in the health system, but it’s not the data itself that leads to the improvements. Rather, it’s the context that elevates data to information. Context turns data into information that you can use to gain insights and make actionable applications for lasting impact.
Let’s start with a few basic facts about medical imaging analytics
Since it was founded in 1949, the American College of Cardiology has been committed to educating practicing cardiologists, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge among clinicians in the field. This year’s ACC.16, the college’s 65th annual scientific session and expo, was an excellent example of that commitment in action. Over the course of three days, cardiologists and representatives from health care systems shared the results of clinical studies, explored the cutting edge of cardiology technology, and looked at the trends that will shape the future.
Here are the three big takeaways from our time as attendees at this year’s expo.
Smartphones and tablets are so all-around useful they’ve become a necessity for most of us. But can that utility help in a clinical setting? The following three articles explore radiology resources accessible on mobile devices, tools that leverage mobile alerts and the potential of mobile apps for diagnostic imaging.
1. Hands-On Radiology: Five Essential Mobile Apps to Download Right Now
We’re used to using smartphones as cameras, e-readers, and game consoles. Just as smartphone apps enhance our leisure time, they can also be valuable tools for radiologists. In this Health Imaging article, columnist John Hocter identifies the apps currently available for iOS and Android that can assist radiologists.