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Imaging Informatics

Stewards of data and privacy, supporting radiologists throughout the state

Imaging Informatics for Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences

Bridging information science, computer science, and health care imaging, the Imaging Informatics core drives value through quality, efficiency and safety. Imaging Informatics is present in every aspect of radiology clinical care, research and education. The core team consists of ABII certified radiologists, informatics researchers, software developers and clinical IT specialists

Understanding bias in medical imaging AI

Department experts participated in a nationwide effort to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can accurately identify self-reported race through medical images. The research, which was published in The Lancet Digital Health, shows how AI can correctly predict a patient’s race—the race they identify with on hospital paperwork— with only the medical image, something a human radiologist would be unable to do.

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In-House Applications

The programming team specializes in the exchange of health care data in real-time, leveraging HL7 and DICOM to create interventions in medicine.

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Excelling Research

The Imaging Informatics core supports research through indexing of clinical metadata for retrospective research, de-identification/anonymization for report text and imaging, and the Radiology Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) dedicated to research activities. The team develops artificial intelligence, machine learning solutions, and datasets with industry and academic partners throughout the world.

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Efforts in Education

Radiology residents can get experience in Imaging Informatics through a month long rotation, while any radiology fellow can gain a certificate of II proficiency by participating in the full year II program. Team experts present Imaging Informatics continuing medical education at conferences and lectures throughout the year. Additionally, residents and fellows can find dedicated mentors for quality improvement and research projects. The core is affiliated with the IU School of Informatics and Computing, providing student experiences to work with core team members and real health care data.

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What is Imaging Informatics?

Believe it or not, radiology is often at the forefront of colorful image of a hand holding a test tube in a labtechnology in health care. Large stacks of clinical images forced digital solutions for data management and viewing, and this need led to the development of scheduling and metadata coexisting with the digital image data. Radiologists were some of the first users of computers in hospitals, driving network upgrades and new technologies like voice recognition. Informatics interventions started in the 1950s, with computer-aided diagnostic tools attempting image recognition tasks, and are now found in every aspect of a radiologist's workday.

Though radiology leads Imaging Informatics, it represents medical imaging throughout the enterprise. Imaging Informatics encompasses the life cycle of medical images, through acquisition and storage to processing and interpretation. The field develops the tools and methods to transform image data into information driving clinical decisions.