Imaging 4.0 | Self-Compression | The Problem with Med School

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Medical Schools Are Getting It All Wrong
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health CEO, Stephen Klasko, came out with some strong words against the way medical schools are doing just about everything. Klasko suggests med schools are “still choosing students who can reel off organic chemistry compounds, rather than screening for qualities like critical thinking, entrepreneurship and empathy,” then forcing them to competitively memorize information for years (vs. collaborate and understand), before eventually “sucking the creativity” out of tomorrow’s doctors. The executive believes med schools need to change their recruitment process to better match tech giants like Google and he’s trying to do just that at Thomas Jefferson, such as focusing on problem solving skills and emotional intelligence rather than traditional interview criteria and seeking talent from atypical undergrad programs (e.g. humanities departments, design universities, and drama schools). Although there may be room for a middle ground between these two extremes, we’re seeing a similar recruiting approach at Mount Sinai, Yale, and Stanford, and there is a strong argument that the advancement of AI will make interpersonal skills far more important than memorization skills in the future.

Q4 Imaging Financials Off to a Positive Start
The first round of medical imaging company financials from the October-December 2018 period hit the press, revealing solid results from Canon, GE, Hologic, Philips, and Siemens, but mixed-to-poor results from Hitachi, Konica Minolta, and Samsung. Here’s how Q4 worked out for these companies:

Self-Compression: Less Pain and Equal Quality
A team of French researchers found that when patients perform self-compression during their mammography scans it does not increase pain or result in inferior image quality, providing even more evidence that self-compression is a helpful way to encourage patients to attend their screening appointments. The study looked at 548 French women who attended screenings (50-70yrs, 275 self-compression, 273 standard), finding that the self-compression group applied more force than the standard group, but reported less pain and no difference in image quality. News of this study made it beyond radiology and breast health circles, and for good reason, as the psychological advantages of self-compression were already largely proven and are further bolstered with this image quality evidence. This can also be seen as good news for GE Healthcare, which has invested in positioning itself as the self-compression technology and branding leader, and as a result has a solid patient-centric breast health story to tell.

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  • Philips announced a collaboration with MIM Software that will integrate the companies’ radiation oncology solutions, specifically combining Philips’ radiation oncology imaging systems and treatment planning software with MIM Software’s oncology imaging, automation, and data analysis solutions. Philips has made partnerships like this a big part of its radiation oncology strategy, as this new collaboration with MIM Software follows 2018 alliances with Sun Nuclear and Lifeline Software.

  • Canon Medical Systems USA launched new FDA-cleared software for its Celesteion PET/CT systems (including new and installed systems) intended to improve workflow and image quality. The software includes a series of new acquisition techniques that largely improve efficiency (Variable Bed Time (vBT), PET Respiratory Gating, PET ECG Gated Scanning) and new reconstruction techniques that improve image quality (Clear Adaptive Low-noise Method (CaLM) +PSF, Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction (SEMAR)).

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