Cardiology Roundup: Radiomics, Research and the FDA

Visualization of heart with vesselsCardiac imaging continues to advance as new technologies and research influence medical practice. With such a fast rate of change, success in the profession means keeping up to date with all these trends.

In this roundup you will find news to help you stay informed on a number of topics influencing the profession. There’s a warning from the FDA on a class of MRI contrasting agents. Research confirming the safety of MRIs for patients with legacy cardiac devices. And, an opinion piece on how to drive innovative nuclear molecular research.


Radiology Roundup: Insights on Emerging Trends

Radiologist Pointing to X-Ray of Hip Joint Radiology has proven to be resilient as it adapts to new technologies, payment models and other trends changing the profession. Staying in front of these trends is essential for leaders, as they help the profession position itself for the future.

In this roundup, a range of insights, opinions and perspectives are shared on existing and emerging trends. Two separate surveys look at patient interactions with radiologists from the patient’s perspective and the radiologist’s. Each confirms that patient consults are valuable, and both identify barriers such as physician proximity to workload volume.


Five Trends that Will Shape Radiology in 2018

Radiology Technician Reads a Scan2017 was an eventful year for radiology leaders. The rollout of MIPS and MACRA challenged radiologists to prove value and deal with new procedures for reporting and reimbursement. Staffing shortages meant that many radiology departments had to do more with less. And hovering over the entire industry was the promise — and uncertainty — of artificial intelligence.

Throughout the year, our team has kept an ear to the conversations happening in our industry. We attended and hosted webinars, listened at conventions, and kept abreast of the latest research. Based on that experience, we have identified the trends that kept radiologists talking this year — the trends most likely to shape radiology in the coming year.


Beyond the Repository: Clinical Benefits of a VNA

Tablet Displaying Diagnostic ImagingA vendor neutral archive (VNA) can be more than an image repository. When implemented as part of an overall enterprise strategy, it can enhance workflow, increase productivity, and improve patient care.

An Enterprise imaging strategy integrates images and patient data and makes them accessible throughout a health system to any authorized user on any device. It incorporates workflows that allow users to consistently view, exchange, analyze, manage, and store, all the imaging and data across a healthcare system.


The Top 5 Posts on the Medical Imaging Talk Blog in 2017

Doctor holding a Chest X-Ray Report on a Digital Tablet.We created the Medical Imaging Talk Blog to participate in important conversations taking place in radiology and healthcare. Looking back over the past year, 2017 saw a lot of discussion on the challenges of integrating imaging, patient data and analytics.

The conversation included developing more efficient workflows in the face of a potential shortage of radiologists. According to one physician placement firm, there are more radiology openings than applicants, and this gap is likely to grow as the population ages and more people need services.