Study finds Canadian radiology training plagued by 'isolationism'
May 3, 2013 -- A hidden culture of isolationism rules too many Canadian radiology training facilities, according to a new study in the European Journal of Radiology. Researchers found that four of the five academic centers surveyed were plagued by attitudes that negatively affected resident instruction.
JACR: Radiology 'citizenship' key to specialty's health
May 2, 2013 -- Saying it's time for radiologists to give back, a new article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology calls on medical imaging professionals to recognize their responsibility to protect their specialty. The authors believe this concept of "citizenship" is key to defending radiology against future threats.
Weeds, trees, or forest: What's your PACS admin level?
May 2, 2013 -- If you're a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional managing your facility's PACS, chances are you're either down in the weeds, up in the trees, or out in the forest, according to a presentation at the recent Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting in Philadelphia.
The 8 RIS innovations you need now
May 2, 2013 -- The radiology information system was one of the first digital software tools available in medical imaging. But as the rest of healthcare moves into the digital age, the good old RIS is looking long in the tooth. Here are eight innovations to keep your RIS up to date.
Residents and fellows meet in DC this weekend
May 2, 2013 -- This weekend's Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) meeting in Washington, DC, offers two days of focused content for radiology trainees, including an RFS first: dual content tracks for first-time and repeat attendees. Best of all, it's free for residents and fellows.
Curved MIPs aid detection of thin intracranial hematomas
May 1, 2013 -- An advanced visualization technique utilizing curved maximum intensity projections (MIPs) that parallel the inner table of the skull may be able to significantly improve sensitivity for detecting thin epidural and subdural hematomas, according to an Austrian article published in Radiology.
ABIM: Board recalls threaten integrity of medicine
April 30, 2013 -- Stung by its own board recall controversy, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has joined the chorus of U.S. medical boards opposing the use of exam "recalls" to prepare for board exams. A new article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings condemns recalls as a practice that threatens the integrity of medicine.
Kopans: Breast cancer overdiagnosis grossly exaggerated
April 30, 2013 -- In this Second Opinion article, breast imaging expert Dr. Daniel Kopans offers his rebuttal of a study published last November in the New England Journal of Medicine, which raised questions about the value of screening mammography and claimed that a third of detected breast cancers represent "overdiagnosis."
MICI Q2: Confidence low in Medicare payment rates
April 30, 2013 -- Radiology administrators are confident that their internal costs will remain constant and their practices will maintain or increase growth in the coming months, according to Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) data. But they're not so sure they'll receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging.
MRI shows rotator cable's influence in rotator cuff injuries
April 30, 2013 -- Using MRI, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center believe they have taken an important first step in understanding the rotator cable's role in both intact and torn rotator cuffs, which, in turn, could improve characterization of a patient's injury or disease.
Patient access to radiation therapy still a major concern in Africa
April 30, 2013 -- There is an acute shortage of radiotherapy equipment of any type in Africa, and the scarcity of resources is becoming even more severe and pronounced with the increase in cancer incidence in the continent, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report published in Lancet Oncology.
Mary's Musings: An x-ray jacket -- the radiology wiki that was
April 29, 2013 -- Mornings were rough, but Sylvia was right there with a cup of coffee, just the way I liked it. That was pretty special, a mark of importance, because she didn't bring coffee to just anyone -- after all, she was the linchpin of the radiology department. Why? She ran the file room.
Trauma CT is overkill for transferred patients
April 29, 2013 -- When trauma patients are transferred to an emergency department from another institution, a standard trauma CT protocol is the last thing you want to do, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Focused imaging based on the individual patient's medical history and clinical findings is more useful, they concluded.