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December 2010
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“With digital imaging it's easy to use increased dose per procedure to yield prettier images. But you don't need pretty images to provide information necessary to yield a diagnosis.”

— William Hendee, PhD

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Editor’s E-Note

The cloud was a common topic at RSNA 2010. Whether the job is off-site archiving, disaster recovery, file sharing, or hosting applications, it’s getting crowded in the clouds. The imaging IT whizzes are flexing their neocortexes to bring us the latest generation of solutions in hopes of providing information systems that imaging organizations need to do their jobs better.

But there were a couple other clouds drifting through McCormick Place during this year’s conference. Different than the well-understood metaphor for distributed computing services delivered over the Internet, these other clouds were cloudlike in the vaporous, elusive, less-than-tangible sense. And they’re the topic of this month’s E-News Exclusive.

— Jim Knaub, editor

E-News Exclusive

The Other Clouds: Dose Reduction and Workflow

Both modality and software system vendors showed their latest tools for reducing and recording radiation dose at RSNA 2010. While imaging organizations have always been cognizant of radiation dosing and worked to provide diagnostic images with as small of a dose as possible, the topic has received widespread attention, with the entire issue taking on a much higher profile in the past 24 months or so.

The elusive part is that dose reduction means different things to different people in radiology. Radiologists are concerned about staying current on imaging protocols to reduce dose, determining whether an alternate exam may provide the information needed with less or no radiation and working with referring doctors so they can make better decisions when ordering exams. Technologists must become familiar with the dose reduction tools available on the equipment they use to obtain images and to stay current on how to perform exams while exposing patients to as little radiation as possible. Imaging management must ensure systems are in place to make sure technologists have the tools they need and follow through with using them properly. The industry must provide systems and quality training to bring newer dose reduction tools and techniques into wider use.

It’s no simple task to make all those things happen—that’s where things get cloudy.

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