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RSNA 2014: #SeeFWD to the Future of Imaging


Two weeks ago in Chicago, we had a fantastic time celebrating 100 years of RSNA, one of the most anticipated annual medical events. Not only did we show you the latest in medical imaging innovation today, but we gave a behind-the-scenes peek into what’s ahead in the next 100 years with #SeeFWD. Live from RSNA, we provided perspectives about the event from our all-star panelists, three expert physicians from renowned facilities across the United States, who made radiology meaningful for us all.  They went beyond the science to explore what might be coming next in the field. GE Healthcare would like to extend a whole hearted “thank you” to our outstanding #SeeFWD experts: 

  • Dr. Shreyas Vasanawala of Stanford in California
  • Dr. Satchi Hiremath of Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin
  • Dr. Joseph Russo of St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center in Pennsylvania

In case you missed it, check out their insights, videos and images on our Tumblr.

Now, it’s time to bring our expert’s insights to life as we present the Future of Imaging. What will medical screening technology look like in the next 100 years? What will the patient experience be like? What exciting developments do our experts see on the horizon for medical imaging? Join us, as we #SeeFWD into the future of healthcare.

According to our experts, the future of imaging will be faster, smaller, smarter and personalized.

In today’s world, going to the doctor and awaiting test results can be a lengthy ordeal. In the future, speed will dramatically increase across the patient care system, from imaging and diagnosis to intervention and assessment. Dr. Shreyas Vasanawala, Associate Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology) at The Stanford University Medical Center in California, envisions “a greater marriage between diagnostic imaging and therapeutic interventions.” He predicts the time it takes to move from imaging, to results, to diagnosis and to potential action will be minimized, and the efficacy of intervention will be assessed immediately.

Healthcare technology that is smaller and smarter will continue to develop in the future, according to Dr. Satchi Hiremath, Vice President of the Division of Radiology at the Aurora Medical Group and Chairman of Radiology at Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center.  Your inner Trekkie can rejoice – Dr. Hiremath anticipates a Star Trek Tricoder-like handheld device that will evaluate patients’ physiology and imaging. “I don’t think it’s that far off that we’ll be seeing small devices that are advanced in terms of interpretation of a patient’s process, problems, disease,” says Dr. Hiremath. He believes these devices of the future will assess elements of patients’ medical history and the impact of physiology post-treatment.

Dr. Joseph Russo, Section Chief of Women’s Imaging and Director of the St. Luke’s Regional Breast Center, sees individualization as the future of healthcare, involving the use of a tailored algorithm to most accurately reflect each individual patient’s health and risk. According to Dr. Russo, with regards to women’s health, this will involve “figuring out an algorithm for patients, based on their risk and breast density, in order to most effectively screen them for breast cancer.”  This approach will not only incorporate a patient’s personal history, but also create a system where patients are screened efficiently and effectively for each patient’s specific breast care needs.

Now that you’ve heard from our experts, what are you most looking forward to in the future of healthcare? As we complete the 100th RSNA with a look at the future of imaging, we contemplate what’s in store for the next 100 years…. What do you #SeeFWD?

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