What exactly is quality in radiology? June 25, 2015 -- In the ever-evolving healthcare delivery environment, the discussion is centering on the need to shift from volume to quality. But what does the word "quality" actually mean in the context of radiology? It's imperative that radiologists work to define it, according to a talk at the recent International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Former RT Kwiatkowski reveals drug diversion secrets June 24, 2015 -- David Kwiatkowski has finally told his story. The former traveling radiologic technologist (RT) who diverted drugs from multiple hospitals -- and infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C along the way -- has come clean in an article in Newsweek that reveals how shockingly easy it is to steal prescription drugs from medical facilities.
Do patients really value interaction with radiologists? June 24, 2015 -- How do you define value? This has become an important question as radiology and radiologists struggle to define their place in a changing healthcare paradigm. Dr. Sam Friedman, also known as Doctor Dalai, tackles this question as he addresses the issue of whether radiologists should interact more with patients.
Panel says elastography has value for liver fibrosis June 24, 2015 -- Ultrasound elastography can reliably distinguish between patients who have no or minimal fibrosis and those with severe fibrosis or cirrhosis, obviating liver biopsy in most of these cases, according to a multispecialty panel convened by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Mobile App Spotlight: Viewbox June 23, 2015 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at Viewbox, an iPad app designed to help users view, organize, and present teaching file images from a variety of different sources.
Nonsolid nodules can be safely managed with CT June 23, 2015 -- Patients with nonsolid lung nodules can be safely managed noninvasively using low-dose CT, according to an analysis published online June 23 in Radiology of more than 57,000 lung cancer screening patients.
Panacea on new coding changes: Medically unlikely edits June 23, 2015 -- Are you prepared for new additions to Medicare's National Correct Coding Initiative? Recent changes cover medically unlikely edits, according to Donna Richmond of Panacea Healthcare Solutions, who offers some guidance on how to handle these additions.
Are imaging sites ready for new Joint Commission rules? June 22, 2015 -- On July 1, a new era of intense scrutiny and documentation will arrive for CT and other imaging modalities, thanks to new Joint Commission accreditation requirements that become effective on that date. Unfortunately, most radiology departments aren't remotely ready to fulfill the requirements, according to a talk at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT.
Florbetaben-PET finds more beta-amyloid plaques June 22, 2015 -- New research indicates that PET imaging with the radiotracer florbetaben can detect a form of beta-amyloid plaque that develops early in the brain. The findings could possibly lead to the earlier detection of Alzheimer's disease, as well as new clinical indications for florbetaben.
Lung disease goes undiagnosed in many smokers June 22, 2015 -- More than half of long-term smokers who pass lung-function tests are actually living with lung disease that remains undiagnosed, according to a study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.