Vimidas Y, Principal Architect, Medical Devices BU, QuEST Global

The healthcare system has transitioned from a volume-based industry to value-based one – this concept is definitely not new, but it has received significant attention in the diagnostic imaging community in the last few years. With this transition, the outcomes are achieved at the lowest cost. This value-enhancing platform is focused on the needs of the patients requiring extensive care. Diagnostic imaging goes a long way in improvement of workflow in the healthcare sector, thus contributing a lot to its effectiveness. Here is a quick rundown of how it can enhance the workflow:

The increasing demand for diagnostic imaging is imposing a very high pressure on the staff. Automating workflow is the perfect solution to this problem. Automation can facilitate efficient usage of resources, enhance quality by driving efficient workflow, and decreases the manual steps, thus reducing acquisition scan.

Experts in this field firmly believe that the best part of diagnostic imaging would be its ability to excerpt quantitative details from the images so that it can be taken into consideration while deciding the course of patient care and treatment. Down the lane, radiologists will turn out to be the curators of descriptive and quantitative details instead of their present role of mere imaging interpreters.

Advanced technologies like cloud, IoT, big data, and machine learning, which are ruling almost all sectors of life, are all set to bring about a revolutionary transformation in diagnostic imaging as well. All these technologies hold a big potential to positively change the way in which the imaging sector is working today.

The financial impact caused by the downtime of diagnostic imaging equipment such as CT or MRI is considerably high. Predictive maintenance analysis can make use of analytics to detect possible asset failures even before it happens. This can help prevent potential downtime and thus enhance the effectiveness.

It is crucial to look beyond imaging. Improving the value of healthcare also includes analyzing a particular stage of illness for longitudinal research of patients. This way, the physician can determine the course of treatment and its success rate.

A single medical equipment can be equipped with multiple modalities (for instance, PET and MR, PET and CT, and Angio, MR, and CT).

High-Quality Diagnostic Imaging

High-quality medical imaging service is a critical part of optimization of every imaging task in this field. The quality concept has undergone a complete transformation in diagnostic imaging and the popular quality control has been substituted by a complete quality framework.

The basic principle of precision (or personalized) medicine refers to a description of more precise and smaller sub-classes of patients who have the same kind of characteristics with the same kind of prognoses. The chances here are that they are likely to gain from similar therapies. Imaging experts should start taking their interpretations into consideration in a conceptual framework if they want to lead the age of precision medicine.

Processing speed is very much important for creating diagnostic images of high quality. This is why experts are constantly trying to enhance the way in which they rebuild volumetric data across their portfolio. For instance, they are integration GPUs (graphical processing units) to offer faster and higher processing power wherever it is necessary.

Diagnostic imaging experts are pushing the limits of engineering innovation in this field in areas like expansion of 3D and 4D parameters. The applications of these technologies are capable of creating better images for enhanced diagnostics. When images are captured at the right place at the right time, the healthcare providers can offer improved patient care at less cost.

Considering the fact that medical imaging is a very crucial part of diagnosing diseases and determine the treatment course, it is justified that it has to be highly effective, safe, and of very high quality. Maintaining the highest level of patient safety and quality is a strategic imperative in this field.

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