2015 in already into full swing as we enter into the second quarter, there is still a lot to be excited about in the field of radiology. The year will bring plenty of new ideas, new trends, and new technologies to the field. Some of which include 3D mammography, Multimedia enhanced radiology reporting (MERR), the use of cloud technologies, Centralization of clinical data, and Telemedicine. This five are considered by many to have the greatest impact on medical imaging in the year 2015.
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3D mammography, also known as Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), is going to be continued to be talked about due to the ability to find lesions and reducing recall rates. The use of 3D mammography will only increase as it proves to be a more thorough exam for patients with more dense tissue.
Multimedia enhanced radiology reporting (MERR) is second on the list for trends in 2015 due to the fact that text-only reports are fading away. Healthcare experts have reported that multimedia reports provided easier access to images while also allowing for the monitoring of the progression on the condition. Multimedia enhanced radiology reporting is also a cost savings for Radiologists.
The adoption of cloud based technologies has the possibility to have a major impact on the field of radiology. Initial upfront costs may be high, but the potential savings in the long run may be significant. Cloud based technology will allow organizations to save financially by allowing them to purchase only what they need.
Collaboration is considered to be essential with heath care facilities. Centralization of clinical data will enhance the ability for facilities to communicate and share information. To achieve this though, old systems would need to be deconstructed and done away with. By doing so, the accessibility and usability of patient information would provide enhanced patient care by speeding processes up as well as the overall timeline.
The last developing technology in the field of Radiology is telemedicine. Telemedicine uses information technologies and telecommunication to provide health care from a distance. With the possibility of virtual reading, diagnosis, and reporting, telemedicine has the possibility to bring health care facilities together. Expect telemedicine to grow exponentially in 2015.