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Decision support cuts CT use for pediatric appendicitis
April 27, 2016 — Clinical decision-support (CDS) software can help sharply reduce the number of CT studies performed in children to evaluate them for possible appendicitis -- without negatively affecting patient care, according to research published in the May issue of Pediatrics.

Imaging Predicts Long-term Brain Injury Effects in Veterans
March 30, 2016 — Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be able to predict functional post-deployment outcomes for veterans who sustained mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), or concussion, during combat, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.

Report: CDS market will grow at fast rate
February 24, 2016 — The global clinical decision-support (CDS) software market generated $410.5 million in revenues in 2015 and will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.5% between 2016 and 2022, according to a new report from P&S Market Research.

White Paper: Go with the Flow with ViosWorks
February 9, 2016 — ViosWorks, GE Healthcare’s new 7D Flow CMR study that can be completed in 10-20 minutes without breath-holds, could benefit the healthcare system as a whole through a direct reduction in imaging costs due to shorter scan times as well as savings from delivery of appropriate therapies.

Researchers use Gaming Technology to Create Better X-rays
December 2, 2015 — Researchers have developed software for the Microsoft Kinect gaming console that measures body part thickness and checks for motion, positioning and beam adjustment immediately before X-ray imaging, according to a feasibility study presented at the 2015 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

New Data May Help Physicians Better Understand Risk of Lung Cancer
October 26, 2015 — University of Missouri researchers have developed a new scoring system for a common lung cancer diagnostic test that may help physicians better understand the risk for malignancy when evaluating patients.

Agfa HealthCare Launches New Enterprise Imaging Platform
October 21, 2015 — Agfa HealthCare announced it is launching its new Enterprise Imaging platform that simplifies the creation of a single comprehensive patient imaging record. The software empowers physicians to make informed decisions through multi-specialty collaboration, helping improve delivery of patient care and streamlining costs. Providing a modular approach to building and deploying, it enables organizations to move at their own pace to fulfill their enterprise strategy.

Image-guided IMRT Reduces Bowel Side Effects in Cervical Cancer Patients
October 20, 2015 — For cervical cancer patients undergoing postsurgical radiation therapy, image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) resulted in a 14 percent reduction in moderate-to-severe bowel side effects when compared to conventional three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT). This conclusion was supported by research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 57th annual meeting.

Johns Hopkins Study Captures Aging of Heart via MRI
October 16, 2015 — The main pumping chamber of the heart ages differently in men and women, according to a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said the findings may support different treatment approaches for men and women with heart disease

Seno Medical Instruments Completes PIONEER Study of Imagio Breast Imaging System
September 29, 2015 — Seno Medical Instruments Inc. (Seno) announced it has completed the final phase of the company's U.S.-based PIONEER pivotal study of the Imagio breast imaging system. The system utilizes optoacoustic technology as a new tool to improve the process of diagnosing breast cancer.

Decision-support tool slashes inappropriate heart imaging
May 24, 2013 — The use of physician decision-support software based on appropriateness criteria eliminated three-fourths of inappropriate imaging exams for evaluating coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published online May 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) has compiled articles regarding the Minnesota state-wide pilot project