This week, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is hosting the world’s premier radiology forum, attracting nearly 55,000 medical professionals and thought-leaders to Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Though this year’s centennial celebration will look back at the advancements made over the past 100 years in radiology and explore the milestones of science and technology that have shaped the industry, the meeting is also a celebration of the new innovations that will be changing this particular medical speciality for years to come.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest, most innovative news and announcements to come out of RSNA 100:
1. GE Healthcare, which has attended every Annual Meeting, showcased a handful of re-imagined healthcare solutions, including a one-and-done MRI system and a one-stop breast care solution. Said the President and CEO of GE Healthcare, “As the only company to attend the RSNA in both 1914 and 2014, GE is proud of its commitment to the healthcare industry.”
2. Philadelphia-based Montage Healthcare Solutions, a software provider for the radiology sector, introduced automated features to its platform that will improve patient safety. Explained their CEO, “Besides the direct impact on patient safety, practice quality and revenue enhancement, we believe the heightened diligence and active participation of radiologists in long-term care management this tool enables will increase the value perception of radiology services.”
3. A C-Arm is a medical imaging device that uses X-ray technology and Ziehm Vision – a German manufacturer of mobile X-ray solutions – debuted the world’s first 3D imaging model.
4. From MRIs to X-rays to CTs, it can take a variety of scans to diagnose a patient. At RSNA, Philips introduced an analytics and visualization solution that offers one single platform for all imaging data.
5. Philips also introduced a new screening solution for detecting lung cancer. Said Philips’ CEO of Imaging, “Philips is in a unique position to be able to offer not only the advanced imaging technology to make early lung cancer detection possible, but the data insights, collaboration and education tools that are needed to deliver the quality and consistency required for health systems to succeed in new, evidence-based models of patient care.”
6. Last but not least on the Philips-front, the company showed off a new MRI system that’s focused on patient comfort in order to ensure “First Time Right” imaging. (The more comfortable the patient, the better the chance that a clear, conclusive image is produced).
7. A study was presented at the Meeting showing that doctors may be able to detect early biomarkers of Alzheimer’s via an MRI.
8. According to an RSNA study, medical professionals are using 3-D printing to recreate life-size models of patients’ heads for face transplantation surgery.
9. France-based SuperSonic Imaging introduced a new hockey stick-shaped device that provides high resolution images of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints for sports medicine diagnoses.
10. Materialise, a 3D printing pioneer, debuted a 3D printing software solution specifically for hospitals in order to make the practice easy, safe, and accessible. Commented Materialise’s Business Development Manager, “Hospitals are excited about 3D Printing and we want the technology to benefit as many patients as possible.”
11. An innovative new piece of ultrasound technology, named Shear Wave, was unveiled at the RSNA that instantly assess body tissue that may be diseased. Explained a General Manager with GE, the company behind the Shear Wave, “Giving physicians the ability to non-invasively measure and quantify tissue stiffness in a consistent way can help boost their productivity and clinical confidence and can be a valuable tool in the diagnosis and management of disease.”
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