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Published on : Jan 27, 2016

The development of the 3D imaging technology has brought advancement in computer aided detection and has increased the applications of imaging diagnostics. In addition, the increasing occurrence of numerous diseases such as cardiovascular, orthopedic, and respiratory diseases has raised the demand for diagnostic and diagnosis equipment. 

A number of trends and observations seem to become more prevalent than others. The major trends which will leave a great impact on medical imaging are as follows:

  • 3D Mammography: Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is seen discussed frequently in trade publications. With the release of more studies, the popularity of this technology is poised to increase in forthcoming years. In January 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had established 2 new codes that are add-ons and these have risen the payments when DBT is used with 2D digital mammography.
  • Multimedia Enhanced Radiology Reporting (MERR): Nowadays, the report which are text-only have faded and it was been found that multimedia reports have offered easier images access during the monitoring of a condition and has also saved a lot of time in understanding findings without the help of supporting images.
  • Increased Cloud Technology Adoption: Radiology with the overall healthcare sector has been shifting to the cloud and this is swiftly happening. Though the initial costs may be high, still the flexibility of utilizing public architecture, the financial predictability, the efficiency of process, and the cost savings performed in long terms have made cloud a lucrative investment.
  • Clinical Data Centralization: Collaboration is a requirement for health facilities and not a single department can be left out of the equation of the patient experience. VNAs have emerged and are more than just a radiology repository. The provision of being able to exchange and store clinical content in non-DICOM and DICOM formats. 
  • Telemedicine: The telemedicine market is predicted to reach $27 bn by the end of 2016 and the virtual health services will constitute a share of approximately 60% in the market. In addition, it is predicted that by the end of 2018, the health organizations’ two thirds of interactions will be conducted through mobile devices.

Hence, due to these evolutions in medical imaging, increased adoption by a greater population based will be seen in forthcoming years.