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CT delivers 91% of total pediatric ER radiation dose
April 14, 2010 -- MDCT may be used half as often as general radiography for examining children in the pediatric trauma center at Johns Hopkins University, but the modality is responsible for 91% of the ionizing radiation exposure associated with diagnosing their injuries.
Computer analysis bolsters liver elastography performance
April 14, 2010 -- Computer-enhanced dynamic analysis of ultrasound elastography movies is a useful and reliable method for depicting liver hardness, yielding a high level of interreader agreement, according to research published April 14 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
VA saved billions with enterprise HIT investment
April 13, 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) initiative to implement healthcare IT more than 20 years ago has paid off impressively. By 2007, the agency had saved a cumulative $3.09 billion, and it's currently saving nearly $700 million annually, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs.
MR pulmonary angio should be limited to expert sites
April 13, 2010 -- Researchers from seven hospitals have concluded that MR pulmonary angiography should be considered only at centers that routinely perform the procedure well, and it should be done only for patients for whom standard tests are contraindicated.
The Profit Center: Part 13 -- Radiology as factory work?
April 13, 2010 -- Are radiologists succumbing to a factory-worker mentality? Such thinking is dangerous, according to healthcare business and legal affairs expert Mark Weiss. In this edition of the Profit Center, he offers ways for radiologists to change this mentality and move from being treated as a commodity to being treated as a unique resource.
Providers don't adequately discuss colon cancer screening
April 13, 2010 -- Healthcare providers aren't communicating adequately with patients regarding colorectal cancer screening, even though such discussions would improve screening rates, according to a new meta-analysis published in the April 13 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Spanish study finds speech recognition saves time, money
April 12, 2010 -- A large study of speech recognition that included nearly 140,000 reports has confirmed the technology's ability to dramatically reduce report turnaround time while saving money. Researchers found that speech recognition slashed turnaround time from about 5.5 hours with conventional transcription to just over one hour.
Survey fails to find outcomes benefit for electronic records
April 12, 2010 -- How effective are electronic health record (EHR) systems in improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare services in U.S. hospitals? Right now, not very -- at least according to a study of nearly 3,000 hospitals that found that EHR systems minimally affected several types of outcomes measures.
Hispanics have less access to colon screening
April 12, 2010 -- A study published online April 12 in Cancer indicates that Hispanics have less access to colon screening services, which may explain why Hispanics are less likely to undergo colon cancer screening than non-Hispanic whites.
One abdominopelvic CT scan may be enough for pediatric trauma
April 12, 2010 -- Children often undergo multiple CT exams when admitted with traumatic injuries to hospital emergency departments. But chest CT studies might not be needed for many pediatric trauma patients if an abdominopelvic CT scan is ordered and includes images of the lower chest, according to a study published online in Pediatric Radiology.
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