Teleradiology supports local radiologists, hospitals, patients
February 18, 2014 -- Teleradiology has come under fire in recent years as a threat to local radiology groups. But teleradiology when used properly should be seen as a tool for delivering better patient care more efficiently, rather than as a competitor to local groups, according to Dr. John Feole of Strategic Imaging Consultants.
ACC, others call for patient-centric heart imaging
February 18, 2014 -- Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging decisions must become more patient-centric and individualized, according to a statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was endorsed by 14 other medical societies.
Saudi hospital boots old PACS for new network
February 16, 2014 -- Faced with rapid growth and an obsolete PACS, a large hospital in Saudi Arabia decided to replace its nearly 10-year-old PACS with a new network from another vendor. The job was easier said than done, but it did get done thanks to a proactive team that planned for technical glitches and human roadblocks at every turn.
Integrated reading rooms enhance value of radiology
February 14, 2014 -- It's no secret that radiologists need to increase their visibility with referring physicians if they want to ensure the future health of their specialty. One way to do that is by integrating radiology reading rooms into clinical areas, according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
How to land the job: Secrets of successful interviews
February 13, 2014 -- So you've completed your training, assembled a great CV, and are lining up job interviews. But have you thought about what you'll say when you meet your prospective employer? Many radiology residents haven't, according to a radiologist who shares his secrets for successful job interviews.
BSGI is effective in women of all breast densities
February 13, 2014 -- In a clinical trial inspired by the growing breast density awareness movement, researchers from Washington, DC, found that breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is effective at identifying cancer in women of all breast densities, according to a paper in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
We do not want to go back to the Dark Ages of breast screening
February 12, 2014 -- The publication of long-term follow-up results in BMJ from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study has revived an ongoing debate over the methods used in the trial. In this Second Opinion article, Dr. László Tabár of the University of Uppsala presents his view of the study.
Radiology's top tweeters: Dr. Rich Duszak
February 12, 2014 -- If radiology had a dean of Twitter, it would be Dr. Rich Duszak. Known by his nom de tweet @RichDuszak, he has a Twitter following approaching 10,000 -- by far the largest among radiologists. As part of a new series on radiologists and social media, AuntMinnie.com spoke with Duszak about what motivated him to take to Twitter.
EHR alerts boost participation in AAA screening
February 12, 2014 -- Many men who are at risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) unfortunately don't get screened for the often deadly condition. But Kaiser Permanente in California has found a way to reach more of them by integrating alerts for screening into its electronic health record (EHR) software.
New data from Canadian study revive breast screening battle
February 11, 2014 -- The battle over breast screening was revived yet again this week with data from a controversial Canadian study in BMJ that cast doubt on mammography's effectiveness for women ages 40 to 59. Mammography proponents quickly rose to point out flaws in the trial, which contradicts other population-based breast screening studies.
CMS launches public comment period for CT lung screening
February 11, 2014 -- In another move toward Medicare payment for CT lung cancer screening, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 10 opened up a 30-day public comment period regarding a proposal to make CT screening for high-risk individuals one of Medicare's covered preventive services.
Evidence is weak in NY Times editorial on radiation risk
February 11, 2014 -- On January 31, the New York Times published an op-ed on the cancer risks related to medical radiation. Titled "We are giving ourselves cancer," the article has produced an outpouring of commentary. In this response, thoracic surgeon Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr. questions whether the authors accurately portrayed the risks of medical radiation.
Tomosynthesis nearly equals MRI for rheumatoid arthritis
February 11, 2014 -- Digital tomosynthesis is nearly as good as MRI for detecting signs of rheumatoid arthritis, and both are much better than the reference standard, conventional radiography, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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