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Radiology: Autumn is here!

With autumn leaves, comes the Radiologic Society of North America.

The RSNA meeting in Chicago (the week after Thanksgiving) is the largest world assembly of radiologists, vendors and academicians:  60,000 strong!


Upcoming key topics are where radiology is helping to contribute to best medical care:

#l Computed Tomography.  Has been available since 1976 and improves each year.  The latest development, now approved by the FDA in 2013, is spectral imaging.   Images are acquired at two different energy levels.  Images can be displayed in black and white or color  .  The public, the FDA, and most radiologists still think this increases radiation dose.  The opposite is true:  dose is reduced!  I predict this decade will see 10% of CTs utilizing this available technology.

#2 Electronic Medical Record.  Medicare has for some years offered financial incentives to hospitals and physicians to convert to the EMR, with great success.  Radiology carries the greatest burden.  All of the Library of Congress contains 10 terrabytes (TB) of text data.  The focused Duke University Heart Center processes 30 TB of data a year!

This is only a small fraction of the entire Duke University Radiology Department.  Multiply this by 6,000 U.S. Hospitals!

This includes reports, images and wave forms.   My hope is that mining of the enormous mass of radiology data will uncover health trends in the nation, healthcare research, and best and most useful procedures for patient outcomes.

#3. 3-D printing.  Described as the growing trend in every profession.  In medical care, I expect to see radiologists printing out anatomic and pathologic findings by C.T. in 3D to aid surgeons.  This will allow best approach to any pathologic process and minimize danger to normal adjacent structures.  The cost of this technology is rapidly dropping.


Thanks for coming to my blog.  I try to keep it short and useful to all.  It is a privilege to be a radiologist and at the crossroads of all the medical specialties.  We try to be helpful to our referring clinicians and keep up with how our technology can help their patients.


Best to all: 

"Dr. Bob"

Medical Societies

Member of the American Medical Association

American Medical Association

Member of the American College of Nuclear Medicine

American College of Nuclear Medicine

American Roentgen Ray Society

American Roentgen Ray Society

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Society of Breast Imaging

Society of Breast Imaging

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