Wednesday, June 27, 2012

LEAP Motion sensor - DEMO by ENGADGET

Now there are also other movies with a more 'live' demonstration of the amazing leap motion sensor. Here is one from engadget. This really seems to be true!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Next-gen PACS according to Eliot Siegel

Look at this Diagnostic Imaging interview with Eliot Siegel recorded at SIIM with his vision of the next generation PACS with, what he calls, clinical analytics.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Using the Microsoft Kinect for Patient Size Estimation and Radiation Dose Normalization: Proof of Concept and Initial Validation

An alternative way to use the kinect camera to estimate patient size and normalize the patient dose will be presented at the SIIM 2012. 

The authors conclude that as the need for more accurate dose monitoring increases, the best surrogates for patient size are being sought. While weight and body mass index are easily obtained, they do not always provide an accurate estimate of patient size, particularly of the region of the patient being imaged. Using the preliminary results from this novel method for estimating patient size, we can work towards more accurate means of estimating patient volume. These improved estimates of patient size can ultimately be used to correct CT dose estimates to better reflect both regional and global patient body habitus as well as patient positioning within the scanner bore. Ultimately, more accurate dose estimation improves care of our radiology patients by supplementing and improving the information that radiologists and non-radiologist physicians can use to order and protocol imaging studies appropriately.
The abstract can be found here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tablets Make Good Educational Tool for Radiology Residents

The iPad and other tablets are gaining ground in Healthcare, not only in practical use but also in education. Use of tablet devices, such as iPads, by radiology residents would enhance their education, allowing them to keep up with evolving technology, said researchers in a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
A short article on this can be found at the website of Diagnostic Imaging.
The full paper can be found at the site of the JACR.

Monday, June 4, 2012

HIMSS Health IT Virtual Conference and Expo

Coming up June 6-7, 2012 the HIMSS Health IT Virtual Conference and Expo.
Free registration through their website for qualified individuals.

Monitoring of Health IT systems

According to a webpublication of Hospital IT Europe, there are five steps to simplify IT infrastructure monitoring. These steps are:

1.  Filter your data to only show information which is relevant - minimise the noise
2.  Correlate your monitoring data to identify where you need to focus resources
3.  Track end-user experience to identify changes in performance before the users notice
4. Outsource your infrastructure monitoring to a dedicated managed service provider (MSP)
5. Install modelling software

For a description of the steps, please visit the HITE website.