DR: The Bottom Line Comparison of CR and DR technology

This article provides interesting insite into the difference between DR and CR imaging technology. The comparison is provided by J. Anthony Seibert, PhD, a Professor and Assistant Chair of Informatics, Department of Radiology, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. …<Read More>  

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Q&A with David S. Channin MD: How to Make PACS Patient Centered

Q&A with David S. Channin MD: How to Make PACS Patient Centered

As healthcare takes steps toward the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for patient centricity, information technology also has some ground to traverse. Take PACS, for instance. Technology developed as a departmental workflow tool must transition to a system that contributes to a holistic view of a specific patient rather than supporting the interpretation of a specific study. Access to the data that radiology generates must be enhanced for everyone, including patients. As a former chair of radiology; one-time National Institutes of Health investigator with the Annotation and Image Markup Project; and a computer programmer, David S. Channin, MD, has as intimate an understanding of the capabilities and shortcomings of imaging informatics as anyone. Now president of the recently launched […]

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The State of CR Affairs

The State of CR Affairs

New legislation could be the end of the modality. The radiology industry has been hearing the death knell for CR for what seems like a decade, but the cassette-based medium has persevered and remained the “little engine that could,” even as more and more hospitals and health care systems have gone digital with DR detectors. However, with new rules set to take effect next year that will reduce reimbursement for CR exams, time may be running out for CR, as an increasing number of smaller health care facilities—CR’s bread and butter as of late—are believed to be finally transitioning to DR…. <Read More>  

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Radiation Dose Levels between CR, DR and Film Screen

Radiation Dose Levels between CR, DR and Film Screen

X-ray imaging is a diagnostic procedure that is known to expose patients to a certain amount of radiation. Excess radiation doses can be dangerous and can even be the cause for certain diseases like cancer in some patients. The level of radiation, however, may depend on the X-ray imaging technique being used – conventional radiographic film, Computed Radiography (CR) or Digital Radiography (DR). While some speculate that CR has increased thedose of radiation that a patient is exposed to, some believe that these methods are still far safer than the conventional film-screen X-ray method. <Read More>

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ASRT Donates $5,000 to Flood Recovery

ASRT Donates $5,000 to Flood Recovery

On behalf of its 153,000 members, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to support recovery efforts following widespread flooding in Louisiana. There are more than 2,500 ASRT members living in Louisiana, and 800 of them reside in the parishes affected by the severe flooding. As of Aug. 14, 20 parishes have been declared major disaster areas. “A number of ASRT members and their families in Louisiana have been devastated by the recent floods,” said ASRT President Michael Latimer, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R). “We believe the best way to provide immediate assistance is through a contribution… <Read More>

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