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Sectra was among the vendors to show a work-in-progress software to record the radiation dose used for every radiology exam, a requirement of new laws in some states.
The Volpara software can be added to most digital mammography systems to create an unbiased quantification of breast density, which is now a requirement in some states. Toshiba was the latest company to introduce flexible MRI coils.
The Radiological Society of North America RSNA annual meeting has transitioned in recent years from an imaging device focus to an imaging information technology focus.
Two key trends seen all over the show floor — remote-viewing systems for radiology images and technology streamlined to aid workflow efficiency. There was a proliferation of remote viewing systems to call up images on a Web-browser or ability to easily forward images from a PACS to referring physicians.
This is a key radiology requirement in Stage 2 meaningful use to make imaging more accessible across healthcare. If not, a CD is burned and sent by courier or mail, which does not always open and takes a long time to download datasets.
If images are not accessible or CDs do not open, repeat imaging exams are often performed, driving up cost and exposing the patient to additional radiation. Some vendors also promoted the ease of use of these systems for patients to access their images and reports.
Instead of carrying a CD to their doctor, they can just give their access code to their doctor, who can then access the data. Another trend across the show floor was the workflow efficiency. With imaging reimbursements decreasing and imaging departments being asked to do more with less with the current state of the economy and direction of healthcare reform, vendors have responded with increased automation and more ergonomic designs.
Imaging and software systems are becoming much more intuitive to help speed exam times and workflow. Examples include new advanced visualization tools that auto segment and quantify anatomical structures or function, cutting hours of staff time.
Simplified, automated protocols on the imaging systems themselves are also helping technologists perform exams more quickly and efficiently, especially on CT and MRI systems.
Mammography Advances Two key technology advances on the show floor included breast ultrasound and breast density software. There were also several new studies regarding mammography presented at RSNA.
It is the first FDA-cleared automated ultrasound system for screening women with dense breast tissue. Used in combination with mammography, the system is clinically proven to increase cancer detection rate in women with dense breast tissue by 30 percent.
It reduces the interoperator variability inherent in hand-held ultrasound systems.
Several other vendors displayed products for other versions of automated breast ultrasound. Legislation in several states now mandates physicians alert patients if they have dense breast tissue so they understand their chances of misdiagnosis and of the possible need for other exams, such as PET, MRI or ultrasound.
Vendors showed several versions of software to help clinicians meet the new requirement.
New software is being developed to offer a consistent measure of density that is not biased by the personal interpretation of various users. Matakina International released a new version of it Volpara Imaging Software, which expands the number of digital mammography systems on which its breast density reporting software can be used.
While some mammography systems offer breast density percentages, they vary on how it is calculated by vendor and machine. The system analyzes each pixel and uses areas of percent fatty tissue as a baseline to build a density map. It generates an automated, objective report with the percentage of fibroglandular, breast issue volume and breast density.
It uses single-shot spectral imaging SI to measure density without exposing women to additional examinations or X-ray radiation.
The technology works by taking two images of the mammo exam and counting photons to measure density. Controversial guidelines issued by the U. Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF in recommending that routine screening with mammography be done every two years for women 50 to 74 years old, contrary to the traditional recommendation for screening to begin for all women over the age of 40, appear to be leading to missed cancers and a decline in screening, according to two studies presented at RSNA For one study, researchers analyzed the impact of these guidelines on women between the ages of 40 and They found that almost 20 percent of cancers detected with screening mammography were among women in their 40s.
The second study presented, lead by David C. From tothe compound annual growth rate for screening mammography utilization was 0. Calibration systems are also available to QA test monitors remotely using built-in sensors, rather than walking the hospital and hand-testing each monitor in manually.
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The interest in software continued at this year's meeting.