Study finds docs aren't 'gaming' decision-support software
August 8, 2013 -- Referring physicians sometimes don't like it when clinical decision-support software tells them they can't order an imaging exam. But how often do doctors enter inaccurate lab data to try to "game" the system to get the test they want? Not very often, if the experience of Brigham and Women's Hospital is any indication.
Higher creatinine can occur after CT -- even without contrast
August 7, 2013 -- Contrast media is often blamed for what appears to be contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients getting CT scans. But Chinese researchers have found that elevated rates of serum creatinine -- a marker for CIN -- can occur after CT even in patients who never receive contrast.
Experience matters: Senior residents log fewer trauma misses
August 7, 2013 -- Serious discrepancies in image interpretation are fairly rare among residents in trauma centers, particularly in the third and fourth years of training, concludes a multiyear study conducted at a tertiary care center in Virginia. Results were published online in Emergency Radiology.
AHRA: Strategic planning in the era of accountable care
August 6, 2013 -- How medical imaging is conducted and delivered is changing. To be successful under new quality and payment models for healthcare such as accountable care, radiologists need to be prepared, according to a presentation given at last week's AHRA 2013 meeting in Minneapolis.
AAPM: MRI shows early brain tumor response to treatment
August 5, 2013 -- By using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI, physicians can determine if a brain tumor is responding to treatment as soon as two weeks into radiation therapy, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Indianapolis.
GE takes aim at breast tomosynthesis market
August 5, 2013 -- GE Healthcare has long been one of the top two mammography firms, but the company until now hasn't had an offering in the cutting-edge breast tomosynthesis segment. That is changing, however: The firm has begun shipping its SenoClaire tomosynthesis system in Europe and has put the final touches on a regulatory application in the U.S.
Back to the future: Can a 'new capitation' save radiology?
August 2, 2013 -- The growth of healthcare costs is driving reform, with policymakers focused on eliminating unnecessary expenditures, ensuring patient safety, and improving clinical outcomes. But what's the best way to accomplish all this? talked to Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki about a new approach that echoes capitation efforts of the past.
Kan. radiologist indicted in $7M Army fraud scheme
August 2, 2013 -- A radiologist and former U.S. Army officer from Kansas has been indicted along with two other individuals on charges of running a contracting scheme that allegedly defrauded the Army of more than $7 million for medical imaging products and services.
Measuring report changes helps track resident performance
August 2, 2013 -- Learning to produce a concise and accurate radiology report is a crucial element of a radiologist's education. But how can a radiology resident's reporting skills be objectively measured? Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals believe they have found a way.
Second Take: A modest proposal to solve the recalls conundrum
August 1, 2013 -- When the controversy over radiology board recalls erupted in January 2012, it created a public relations headache for radiology that continues to reverberate. In our inaugural Second Take column, Dr. Jason Itri, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, takes the position that board recalls are a necessary and even appropriate tool for studying for the board exams.
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