Health services research fulfills ACGME requirements August 16, 2013 -- Radiology residents looking for unique and accessible research opportunities might want to consider health services research, according to a new article in the September issue of Academic Radiology.
Joint Commission seeks to expand imaging standards August 15, 2013 -- The U.S. Joint Commission has proposed more-stringent requirements in the ambulatory care, critical access hospital, and hospital accreditation programs for facilities that provide CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET services.
X-ray attenuating hand cream shields interventionalists August 15, 2013 -- A new bismuth-oxide-based hand cream recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration might free interventional radiologists to focus more on their patients and worry less about radiation exposure to their own hands.
Image sharing using Facebook: Fact or fiction? August 15, 2013 -- Healthcare practitioners can share medical images using a number of mechanisms and methods. Some of these applications have been in use for at least 20 years, some are still being developed, and some might not make sense today but could very well change how we share images in the near future.
Kwiatkowski pleads guilty in hepatitis C case August 14, 2013 -- Radiologic technologist David Kwiatkowski has pleaded guilty on charges of infecting patients with hepatitis C by taking the anesthetic fentanyl intended for patients undergoing interventional radiology procedures and diverting it for his own use.
Postprocessing software boosts preop TAVI assessment August 14, 2013 -- An automated postprocessing software application shows promise for improving the preoperative assessment of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), a team of Paris researchers reported in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
FDG-PET changes treatment, staging for Merkel cell carcinoma August 14, 2013 -- Australian researchers found that FDG-PET scans changed the management plan for more than one-third of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma and altered the disease stage in approximately one in five cases, according to a study in the August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Emergency radiology elective educates on imaging use August 13, 2013 -- A short emergency radiology elective increases second-year medical students' understanding of appropriate imaging use and the effects of radiation exposure -- as well as their confidence in ordering imaging appropriately, according to a study published in the September issue of Academic Radiology.
Siegel: Next-generation PACS will elevate CT image review August 12, 2013 -- Driven by the development and adoption of next-generation PACS technology, CT image review will be significantly different and smarter in the future, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
CTRM: Changing how radiologists and clinicians communicate August 12, 2013 -- The adoption of critical test results management (CTRM) software can bring changes in how radiologists communicate with referring physicians -- changes for the better. In this article, Dr. Mark Flyer of Maimonides Medical Center describes how his hospital's implementation of a CTRM system led to better communication.