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? AuntMinnie.com 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.
Second Take: Crackdown on board recalls is justified 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 edition of Second Take, Dr. Saurabh Jha takes the position that radiologists must respond immediately to public concerns about recalls, even if they may be unfair or unjustified.
Ditch your index cards: Web-based QA bolsters image quality July 31, 2013 -- Quality assurance (QA) for imaging study acquisition can be a little challenging in the PACS era, but a Web-based reporting system for facilitating feedback between radiologists and technologists can get meaningful results, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.