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June 2010
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“The increasing complexity of imaging and therapeutic equipment compounds the potential risk of radiation-emitting equipment and underscores the importance of the operators’ qualifications. You can have all the proper equipment safeguards in place, but patient safety ultimately depends upon the individual operating that equipment…”

— Michael DelVecchio, BS, RT(R),
president of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

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E-Editor’s E-Note


Attending the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting usually provides a peek at the future of radiology, which is not always comforting. Imaging is only going to grow, but IT is changing how radiologists and facilities use and manage images. This issue’s E-News Exclusive looks at that important theme from SIIM 2010.

— Jim Knaub, editor

E-News Exclusive

Threats and Opportunities
By Jim Knaub

Just when you thought you had PACS worked out in your organization, Paul Chang, MD, FSIIM steps to the podium and reminds you that isn’t good enough anymore.

“The real issue is not trying to deliver images to radiology but throughout the enterprise,” Chang told the audience in a session on PACS and EHRs at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting in Minneapolis earlier this month. This ability to distribute images across the healthcare enterprise will ultimately mesh with the images’ inclusion in a patient’s EHR.

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