The History and Future of Medical Imaging [Infographic]

The idea of networked digital medical imaging may seem like a fairly recent innovation. But the groundwork that led to today’s VNA and PACS systems started over 40 years ago. This timeline explores the history of medical imaging and all the major milestones up to the present, then takes a sneak peek at what’s just over the horizon.

What does the future of medical imaging look like? Review the infographic below to learn what has happened, and what’s next.



Cardiology Roundup: Breakthroughs in Research, Technology and Treatment

The beginning of cardiology as a medical specialty arguably dates back to 1628 when William Harvey published research demonstrating how blood circulates through the body. That means cardiologists and researchers have been exploring the circulatory system for nearly four hundred years.

Perhaps more impressive than how much we have learned about the heart since William Harvey is how much there is left to learn. As technology advances, we continue to chip away at unknowns.

This month’s roundup is devoted to innovations in cardiology treatment and breakthroughs in research. Read on for new research into plaque buildup as a heart attack risk predictor, a new treatment for congestive heart failure, and more.


How to Prepare Your Radiology Department for MIPS

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) officially took effect on January 1st, 2017. Although the first adjustments will not be applied until 2019, the Medicare Part B payment adjustments will be applied based on 2017 performance. It’s vital, then, that radiology departments take action now to be prepared for that first evaluation.

Read on to explore what MIPS is, what it means, and how radiology departments can prepare for this first evaluation year.


Imaging’s Role in Helping Earlier Detection of Cardio Complications in Cancer Treatment

Imaging clinician examining cardiology imagesThe cancer survival rate tripled between 1971 and 2001, a testament to advancements in cancer detection and treatment. While this certainly is great news, aggressive treatment is not without risk. During the same time period, a noted increase in cardiovascular diseases among cancer survivors has been identified.

This increase threatens to offset some of the gains realized in cancer-related treatments. Early detection of cardiotoxicity is important to lessen the chance of having lasting cardiac effects during or after the cancer treatment.


Three Surprise Benefits of CVIS-EMR Interoperability

A Cardiologist Enjoys Data Portability with CVIS InteroperabilityQuality cardiovascular care requires robust interoperability between the CVIS and EMR. In a value-based paradigm, it’s vital that patient information be freely available throughout the health system. Storing patient data in the EMR — automatically and in real time, preferably– means cardiologists have access to a broader view of patient health, and physicians in other departments can draw on cardiology data.

When the CVIS and EMR are fully interoperable, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The following benefits are just a few examples of how interoperability and integration improve processes and patient experience.