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November 2016, Vol. 4, No. 4

Weathering upcoming changes to medical imaging technology

Not too long ago, I ran into a volunteer meteorologist from the Blue Hill Observatory. He was sharing photographs taken from the hill's vantage points, such as one picture showing the skyline of nearby Boston. The guy had a methodical approach to photographing on the hill, aiming his camera in the same direction over the course of months, which allowed him to view changes in the weather at a certain spot over time. For example, one series of shots showed a picnic bench getting covered in snow in the winter before reappearing during the spring thaw. The meteorologist mentioned that he was charting certain digital aspects of his photographs in the hopes that he could analyze the pictures to either show weather trends or predict certain conditions on an annual basis. And I thought to myself, "He's on the same road as medical imaging technology." Health IT professionals overseeing vendor neutral archives (VNAs) or picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) are also at the point of trying to piece together a medical story ...

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