Informatics, imaging connection expands

By Bernie Monegain
01:21 PM

RSNA 2011 offers more than 25 informatics courses, evidence that informatics is becoming an increasingly critical piece of imaging technology.

Among the topics to be discussed :

  • RadLex, the standardized radiology lexicon that optimizes information retrieval
  • Standardized reporting templates for streamlining patient care
  • MIRC software for creating teaching files and moving data for clinical trials
  • IHE, the movement to make healthcare systems, equipment and software communicate
  • Meaningful use education

Exhibits and demonstrations on informatics topics – such as the IHE Image Sharing demo and the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Bioinformatics and Information Technology Imaging Program (caBIG) – both at the Lakeside Learning Center – have drawn crowds at previous meetings.

Here are highlights of three of the more than 25 informatics session available this year.

Informatics Support for Quantitative Imaging, led by Daniel Rubin, MD, is set for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2-3:30 p.m. in E353A.

“Radiology practice is increasingly a quantitative endeavor,” writes Rubin in the abstract for the course. “Radiologists frequently need to measure the length of lesions to track treatment response or measure the size of structures for diagnostic assessment. Quantitative imaging is currently at best a labor-intensive process and at worst error-prone."

Rubin’s goals for the course are:

  1. To highlight limitations in current radiological quantitative imaging practice and identify opportunities for improvement through informatics
  2. To introduce Annotation and Image Markup (AIM) as a new standard for capturing and sharing quantitative imaging metadata.
  3. To demonstrate new AIM-enhanced tools that can streamline and improve quantitative imaging assessment and workflow for the radiologist.

Cool Technologies for Radiologists is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 28, from 8:30-10 a.m. in N229. The course will cover Photoshop Ninja techniques for those who want to create images for publication or screencasts. It will also look at OsiriX and file-sharing technologies and screen-sharing software to convene meetings and conferences online.

Decoding the Alphabet Soup (IHE, MIRC, RadLex, Reporting): Whirlwind Tour of RSNA Informatics Projects is slated for Monday, Nov. 28, from 12:30-2 p.m. in S401AB. The objectives as set forth by the six presenters are:

  1. Articulate the main objectives of each of the RSNA-sponsored informatics projects.
  2. Identify the practical problems being addressed by each project.
  3. Understand the relationships between these informatics projects.