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MIAMIMolecular imaging detects the pathology that leads to Alzheimers disease years before the development of symptoms, which could allow physicians to detect signs of the disease in healthy patients, according to studies presented June 11 at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).

MIAMI -The routine clinical diagnostic accuracy for dementia hovers in the 50 to 80 percent range, yet the capability to differentiate Alzheimers disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal lobe dementia will be critical as therapeutic treatment strategies are identified. PET imaging with novel radiopharmaceuticals could provide physicians the key they need to unlock the mysteries of various dementias, Kirk A. Frey, MD, PhD, told the audience during the June 10 plenary session at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).

 

ORLANDO, Fla.Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, home to the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging, is a clinical decision support (CDS) pioneer and may be the original CDS success story. For more than a decade, the hospital has been building and implementing CDS systems, and its architects have learned more than few lessons along the way.

 

ORLANDO, Fla.Perspective is critical in the radiation exposure discussion. Aaron D. Sodickson, MD, PhD, of Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, shared the bucket analogy during a June 9 session at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). [Cancer] risk from radiation exposure is a drop in the bucket. But we need to know how full the bucket is, how quickly we are adding to it and the size of drops.

 

ORLANDO, Fla.The social media train has left the station, according to Safwan S. Halabi, MD, of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Practices need to get onboard, he said. Otherwise, physicians and medical practices will be defined, perhaps negatively, by outsiders. During a June 7 session at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), Halabi urged attendees to understand and control social media.

 

ORLANDO, Fla.In 2002, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles faced a health IT fiasco. The medical center invested $34 million in a computerized physician order entry system based on minimal physician input. Clinical staff revolted and the project was scrapped after three months. Savvy use of social media can not only help health IT leaders circumvent such losses but also build clinical buy-in, according to a June 7 presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).

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Natural language processing (NLP) is relatively new to healthcare but pioneers are working to create a vision and roadmap for its future.