What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis comes from a Greek word that means “narrowing.” Lumbar Spinal Stenosis refers to a condition when the spinal canal and/or neuroforaminal become narrow and compress the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Compression of the cord/nerves causes inflammation and pain. If … Read More

The Worthy Work of Medical Annotators

After an entire childhood of being admonished that writing in books was NOT ALLOWED, I was pretty excited when a high school English teacher said we were going to be taking notes right in the pages of the novels we … Read More

Ordering Spine MRI in Emergency Medicine

The 2016 data available from the US National Center for Health Statistics shows the overall Emergency Department visits as follows:  number of visits to emergency departments nationwide was 145.6 million; percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes … Read More

28.5 million people are uninsured in the US. Can Radiology AI play a role in reducing the costs of MRI scans?

Outpatient MRI in the US – The Case of Insured vs. Uninsured U.S. census data shows that in 2017, 8.8 percent of people did not have health insurance at any point during the year. This may seem like a small … Read More

Imaging Improves Prostate Screening and Treatment

According to Mayo clinic urologist Dr. Landon Trost, “If you’re a man…[and] you live long enough, you’re most likely to end up with prostate cancer at some point.” Improved Detection As with many other cancers, prostate cancer screening and diagnosis … Read More

MRI Scanner Goes Mobile

If we hear the words “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine,” we might imagine a huge tube with an opening at both ends. Powerful magnets and radio waves surround the tube. The patient needs to be brought to the MRI scanner, … Read More

Blurry MRI Images – A Job for AI

With every year, AI is finding its way more and more into the radiology field. Not only does the technology optimize processes and efficiency, but it will help with cases where radiologists haven’t found a satisfactory solution yet. In a … Read More

Imaging Innovations Are Off to the Races

Digital motion x-rays. Pocket-sized ultrasound scanners that plug into smartphones. Open, rotating MRI machines. While most recent imaging innovations are related to advanced software solutions such as improved scanning techniques or machine-learning technologies, hardware is also becoming more versatile in … Read More

Radiology & MRI in Switzerland

Stats, burdens, and innovation in the field In 2015, nearly 575’00 MRI exams were performed in Switzerland (>66/1’000 inhabitants) across 181 MRI machines distributed over 288 hospitals and specialized clinics. This analyses were all performed by radiologists, which accounted to … Read More

The 10 most MRI-friendly countries worldwide

How do different countries perform in terms of number of medical imaging devices, scans, and specialized staff?   The talk “Imaging Challenges and Change: A Global Perspective”, presented at the Radiological Society of North America’s Annual Meeting (RSNA 2016), discussed … Read More