Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Medical Imaging: New Methods and Tools

Over the last few months, stories about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have been very popular across the full spectrum of news media. There are articles in newspapers, national news magazines and segments on local & national news. These stories have wide appeal because this subject affects so many of us. People injured in automobile accidents or falls, veterans returning from service and children playing school sports may all be at risk.

RSNA16 Trends to Watch in 2017

With the RSNA16 annual meeting now in our collective rear view mirror, it will be interesting to watch the trends from the show as they unfold in the new year. It was a whirlwind of meetings, product demonstrations and engaging discussions with customers and colleagues. The general consensus seemed to be it ‘felt’ like fewer people were in attendance at this year’s meeting and the numbers are supportive but the content was as rich as ever. For those of us fortunate enough to attend, as well as those observing from a distance, there are some interesting trends we can look forward to following in 2017.

CUDA® Platform - Virtual Computing and Cloud Deployment

TeraRecon announces our support for NVIDIA GPUs using the CUDA® Platform.  This is part of our continued efforts to provide improved performance, scalability and support the ever growing trends toward total Virtual Computing and Cloud Deployment Make no mistake, the CUDA interface on the NVIDIA GPU is quite different than just using ordinary GPU’s for 3D rendering.  It differs in 2 major ways.  First, it means that a single board can manage parallel rendering tasks simultaneously to support multiple users and multithreading not available with OpenGL or OpenCL interfaces.  Second, CUDA enabled GPUs are leading the way as a Machine Learning platform that can be deployed in a Grid and is now supporting some of the world's most sophisticated Deep Learning endeavors.

Taking the Mystery Out of Machine Learning

Radiologists have been taught to fear machine learning.  It means what it says, a machine can learn.  It is an inherently frightening concept.  It is almost a shame to put such a label on the process, because it is not really new.  Remember Fuzzy Logic?  Neural Networks?  We were all impressed that a computer could recognize the letter “A”, but that was more than a few decades ago.  Today, Facebook can pick your face out of a crowd of billions, or can it really?

3D Printing is an Embodiment of Personalized Health Care

3D printing is a perfect use case for personalized Health Care.  Though there are many barriers to implementing and cost justifying the adoption of 3D printing, it will be personalized Health Care that pushes this technology over the finish line and into mainstream practice.  Expensive 3D printing hardware, complex secondary segmentation and printer specific software and the need for professional services assistance have slowed the adoption of 3D printing in healthcare.  As with any disruptive technology it takes simplification to achieve widespread acceptance. 

Collaborative tools for Radiologists

Collaboration is the act of working with someone to produce or create something. This is more than a buzzword in the modern business lexicon, collaboration is the very DNA of teamwork. In Radiology, collaboration traditionally occurred by consulting with colleagues in real time, face to face in the reading room while jointly looking at a patient’s images. I am sure many of us reading this post can clearly remember various referring doctors stopping by to consult, as well as Radiologist’s discussing challenging cases amongst themselves. This team approach would often lead to improved outcomes for patients. As the old adage states ‘two heads are better than one’

Congratulations US News & World Report Best Hospitals and Honor Roll Members

Congratulations US News and World Report Best Adult and Children’s Hospitals and Honor Roll Members!

This year, the U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Rolls have included 20 adult hospitals with the highest combined score in 16 categories and 11 children’s hospital with the highest combined score in 3 or more categories.

Moonshot: the Race for a Cure for Cancer

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy stood in front of the country and said we should go to the moon. On January 12, 2016, at the State of the Union address, President Obama announced another “moonshot” by directing Vice-President Biden to lead a task force to double the rate of cancer research for the purpose of curing cancer.  

CT Tech Credentialing

While I am thrilled that the JCAHO is finally requiring credentialing of CT technologists, I am often scratching my head reading JCAHO notices, trying to figure out what the actual requirements are, especially when the dates are moving targets.