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News and Updates from todays Digital Imaging 2018 Conference

Dr Nicola Strickland - President,The Royal College of RadiologistsDr Nicola Strickland - President,The Royal College of Radiologists

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This one day conference will examine how to work with digital imaging, radiology information systems and PACS to deliver the national ambition of a paperless and filmless NHS, improving imaging services and timeliness.

The conference is chaired by Sean Brennan - Independent Consultant in Healthcare Informatics, Clinical Matrix. Sean is a popular presenter on the health informatics and clinical effectiveness circuit and was a successful facilitator of interactive workshops with electronic voting technologies - he ran a series of EPR workshops in Dubai for 5 successive years. He is now semi-retired but has taken on a voluntary role as Director of Communications for the Institute of Health Records and Information Management (IHRIM). His best-selling book ‘The NHS IT Project: The Biggest Computer Programme in the World Ever !’), first released in 2004 is still a useful reminder of the path that NHS computing has taken and needs to continue to take.

Dr Nicola Strickland - President, The Royal College of Radiologists will open the conference with a National Update looking at Digital Imaging: where are we now, further opportunities for redesigning radiology services: including extending services to weekends and out of hours, and home reporting, issues around disclosure of results and timeliness of reporting and what the future holds: new generations of PACS and imaging informatics.

Dr Neelam Dugar - Consultant Radiologist & Clinical PACS Lead, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will deliver a session on PACS with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: the future of radiologists.


The Question on everybody’s mind is: “Will artificial intelligence replace radiologists?” The answer is “no”. I think it will make radiologists smarter.   Without knowing it, radiology departments are already very familiar with artificial intelligence adoption. The voice recognition technology that we use in our everyday practice in radiology is a form of artificial intelligence. During my presentation, I will discuss definitions of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. I will show how computer-aided detection have evolved from rule based algorithms to machine & deep learning algorithms. I will also discuss integration of artificial intelligence into radiologist reporting workflow. “Computer Vision” algorithms will augment the human vision and support radiologists. My message to modality vendors, integrate CAD for creating “intelligent images” with detection markers. Sensitivity and specificity of the algorithm (for the applied acquisition parameters)  must be clearly displayed on PACS alongside the detection markers  (for patient safety reasons). This will enable doctors to take patient management decisions based on understanding the false positive/false negative rates of the applied algorithm. Artificial intelligence is here to stay. AI will provide value added radiology with improved efficiency and accuracy of radiology reports. NHS Trusts must look at procuring AI integrated modalities in future. My message to radiologists is be prepared and redefine yourselves. Learn from the Kodak story. Change reporting practices from “detection” to “actionable reporting”. In the AI era radiologists will be expected to provide value added radiology.

Robin Evans - Clinical Director & GMC Responsible Officer, Everlight Radiology will do a session on Outsourcing radiology reporting – making teleradiology work.

Outsourced remote reporting via teleradiology (OSTR) is a well-established and immediately available solution to the UK radiology workforce crisis.

The benefits of OSTR include: easing local pressures and tackling delays by clearing reporting backlogs, supporting out of hours services thus enabling 7 day working and providing additional day time reporting capacity, a scalable solution is provided that can be flexed according to need, providers are highly experienced in IT connectivity clinical governance and workflow management, report turnaround times are assured and remote access is provided to subspecialist reporting. It is the responsibility of all users and providers of OSTR to work together to ensure that the service works best for patients and clinical referrers. The talk covers top 10 tips on how to integrate and work effectively with OSTR providers, learning from clinical governance and process improvement expertise in teleradiology, as well as current priorities and future developments.




12 July 2018


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