In a growing MedTech world, radiology and medical imaging are always evolving into something better. Incorporating these technologies into hospitals and clinics helps enhance the doctor's and patient's experiences alike.
FREMONT, CA: Medical imaging and radiology are always transforming. Therefore it is mandatory to remain on top of the latest innovations, advancements, and trends in medical imaging to present a better patient experience in producing accurate results by utilizing artificial intelligence. Here are 5 trends every Medical CIO should keep an eye on.
Radiology and AI Integration
Radiologists have been following the advancements and improvements in artificial intelligence for decades. The latest research estimated that the best outcomes occur when radiologists work closely with the advancements that AI offers in medical imaging. A group of Korean researchers compared the performance of deep-learning-based automatic detection (DLAD) methods versus radiologists when examining harmful pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs. While the DLAD had an initial higher detection success rate, the best results occurred when radiologists examined the images first and used the DLAD as a secondary resource. This is great news for radiologists who are referring physicians and patients as faster consultation can be done. AI can transform the medical imaging industry by shifting through different piles of scanning to providers and patients with life-changing insights into a variety of diseases, injuries, and conditions that are hard for the traditional scanners to detect.
Speeding up the Medical Imaging Process
Big data is playing a significant part in the evolution of medical technology, especially when talking about the radiology platform. Some of the tech giants who excel in big data are also getting involved in medical imaging. In the Year 2018, Facebook and the New York University School of Medicine declared their partnership to leverage AI to speed up the amount of time it takes to conduct MRI scans by upto 10x. It presently takes the machines that are situated anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to finish a scan. This time length can be difficult for young patients and the patients who have claustrophobia or those or those who face difficulty while lying down. The increased speed will also make the MRI scanners more feasible and accessible to the rural areas and in the other countries with minimal access.
Streamline the Workflow
One of the most pressing issues faced by the radiology department today is improving the workflow that must occur for a patient to get a CT scan and what happens with the imaging later. According to a 2016 article in Diagnostic Imaging, some of the radiologists spend 35 percent of their day trying to figure out what test the users have to get done next. Hospitals, healthcare equipment, and software manufacturers work seamlessly to resolve the inefficiencies with standardization in naming schemes, patient information access, and structured reporting.
Enhance the patient experience
Speaking of MEG equipment, a research team in the United Kingdom has developed a MEG scanning system with improved and better finding abilities as well as offering an easier, and creating a positive experience for patients. Current MEG equipment is heavy as the sensors used to measure brain activity and require large equipment to help them cool down. Additionally, traditional fixed scanners need patients to lay as still as possible while getting scanned.
The new wearable brain scanner is manufactured to eliminate the option for patient claustrophobia and permits the patient to function normally while it scans.
VR and 3D imaging technologies were used for entertainment, but they also have important implications within the medical imaging industry. As extraordinary as the MRIs and CT scans are, presently, their display in 2D. This helps the physicians to use their imaginations to mentally stitch together a full picture of the 3D organ or body part. At present, new augmented reality technologies, like EchoPixel True 3D, made it simple and possible for the radiologist or the physicians to take slices of MRI pictures and make a 3D image from which the physicians can examine with 3D glasses, a VR headset, or even print using a 3D printer and special plastic.
Medical imaging helps the doctors to detect and identify a wide range of diseases ranging from cancer, appendicitis, stroke, and heart-related diseases.