Experts discount JAMA study urging discharge of chest pain patients January 26, 2015 -- Low-risk chest pain patients should be sent home without imaging, concludes a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. But several experts are disputing the study's main finding that treadmill stress tests, as well as CT and other imaging tests, have no value in preventing heart attacks in low-risk individuals.
Arab Health: Why CT really can rule supreme in coronaries January 26, 2015 -- DUBAI - CT is now the gold standard for ruling out coronary artery stenoses and coronary anomalies. It can also be useful for coronary artery bypass graft and electrophysiology studies, as well as investigations of pulmonary veins, delegates learned on the opening day of Arab Health.
Primary care docs say imaging improves patient care January 26, 2015 -- Despite the thrashing that medical imaging has taken over the past 10 years, primary care providers still say that imaging improves clinical decision-making and patient care, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
How to recognize the impaired radiologist -- and what to do January 23, 2015 -- Radiologists can be affected by the same illnesses as anyone else, from substance abuse to chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And just like anyone else, these illnesses can negatively affect their work, according to a paper published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Health information exchange cuts repeat imaging studies January 23, 2015 -- While image sharing via health information exchange systems has yet to achieve widespread adoption, the experience of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization in New York shows that it can be worth the effort, yielding quantifiable reductions in repeat imaging studies.
MICI Q1: Positive trends grow as radiology sentiment improves January 22, 2015 -- Radiology administrators in the U.S. continue to show a more positive outlook on their future business prospects, if the latest numbers in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) are any indication. New first-quarter 2015 MICI numbers show improvement in nearly all categories.
Book excerpt: Reference Manual for MR Safety, Implants, and Devices January 22, 2015 -- The 2015 edition of the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants, and Devices by Frank Shellock, PhD, has been published, offering updated guidance on MRI safety for radiologists, MRI technologists, and facility managers. In the following excerpt, the use of a ferromagnetic detection system in the MRI suite is explained.
Intraoperative CT fine-tunes maxillofacial surgery January 21, 2015 -- Maxillofacial surgeons who used CT intraoperatively on their trauma patients found that imaging and review can be performed quickly, perfecting the trauma surgeon's work while there's still time to make revisions, according to an article published this month in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
US-guided biopsy performs well for evaluating bone neoplasms January 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound-guided biopsy of bone neoplasms yields similar accuracy to CT-guided biopsy for evaluating primary and metastatic bone lesions, while saving money, offering patient convenience, and avoiding radiation dose, according to research from the Henry Ford Health System.
Joint Commission releases requirements for imaging services January 20, 2015 -- The Joint Commission has released updated accreditation requirements for diagnostic imaging service providers in hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Although the new rules emphasize imaging safety in positive ways, more specific guidance is needed, according to safety advocates.
What do patients really know about radiation and radiologists? January 16, 2015 -- While it's all well and good for radiologists to spend more time interacting with patients, it's important to understand what patients actually know about radiation and radiologists to do this effectively. Two studies presented at the recent RSNA meeting explored these questions and came to some surprising conclusions.
JAMA: Breast cancer diagnosis and survival vary by race January 16, 2015 -- Race and ethnicity influence the likelihood that women in the U.S. will receive an early diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as their survival after stage I diagnosis, according to a study published in the new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.