February 23, 2015

Challenges in Ultrasound Exam Interpretation

Roy A. Filly, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, of Surgery, and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Ultrasound is a unique imaging modality due to the variability of image acquisition. Unlike other modalities where images are acquired linearly with fixed slices in a predictable order, ultrasound requires flexibility and a unique skill set to obtain diagnostic images. Surgical bandages, overlying bowel gas, anatomical variability all impact the quality of the study. While other cross-sectional imaging provides a holistic view of the internal anatomy of a patient, ultrasound can be thought of as a flashlight interrogating a dark room. If an area isn’t illuminated, it just isn’t seen. Read Complete Paper

October 24, 2014

Maximizing Ultrasound Reading: Reading Dynamic Clips in Acquisition Order

Ann Podrasky, M.D., Radiology Associates of South Florida, Baptist Health South Florida

As changes in the Radiology landscape are brought on by both healthcare reform and radiation dose minimization efforts, departments will likely experience an escalation in the volume of ultrasound studies performed with an even greater need for accurate diagnoses and optimized workflow.With the use of Picture Archive Communication Systems (PACS) over the past two decades, the practice of radiology in healthcare facilities is more organized and efficient, however, the communications process between ultrasound and PACS remains suboptimal. Read Complete Paper

May 17, 2014

DICOM Structured Reports Speed Ultrasound Reporting

Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer

Implementing ultrasound DICOM structured reporting tools yields a significant improvement in dictation times over conventional reporting methods, according to a study presented on Friday at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting. Using DICOM structured reports from ultrasound systems to automatically fill in measurement values in dictation templates significantly reduces dictation time, representing potential time savings of nearly seven days a year for the institution, according to presenter Dr. Steven Horii from the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Read Complete Paper

April 10, 2014

Main Street Radiology Realizes Benefits in Workflow Efficiency Utilizing Imorgon’s Ultrasound Report Accelerator Solution

In today’s changing era of healthcare reform, hospitals and private radiology practices are facing greater pressure to increase throughput and improve overall departmental efficiency, while continuing to provide high quality patient care and maintain diagnostic accuracy. Read Complete Paper

Journal of Ultrasound Medicine. 2013; 32:1377–1384

Ultrasound Imaging on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems: Are Radiologists Satisfied?

Donald S. Emerson, MD, Harris L. Cohen, MD, Frank Parks, MD, Jim Y. Wan, PhD, Houston Graves, MD

Objectives—To evaluate whether picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) adequately satisfy radiologists’ needs in ultrasound (US) imaging and which PACS functions may be inadequately implemented for handling US diagnosis. Read Complete Paper