Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Using the Microsoft Kinect for Patient Size Estimation and Radiation Dose Normalization: Proof of Concept and Initial Validation
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
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
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.