How to recognize the impaired radiologist -- and what to do January 23, 2015 -- Radiologists can be affected by the same illnesses as anyone else, from substance abuse to chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. And just like anyone else, these illnesses can negatively affect their work, according to a paper published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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Health information exchange cuts repeat imaging studies January 23, 2015 -- While image sharing via health information exchange systems has yet to achieve widespread adoption, the experience of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization in New York shows that it can be worth the effort, yielding quantifiable reductions in repeat imaging studies.
Reuters story tracks portable x-ray's growth January 23, 2015 -- The use of portable x-ray systems in the U.S. is growing as patients prefer getting medical care in their homes rather than in established healthcare facilities, according to a January 23 article from Reuters.
SpongeBob SquarePants makes radiographic debut January 23, 2015 -- A radiology resident in Saudi Arabia wasn't sure what to make of a slim metallic object she saw in the chest radiograph of a toddler. But a frontal view on x-ray revealed it to be none other than the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, part of a pendant the child had swallowed.
ViewRay teams with Japanese firm January 23, 2015 -- ViewRay has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Japanese general trading company Itochu to sell ViewRay's MRI-guided radiation therapy system.
Olea Medical touts clinical study January 23, 2015 -- Olea Medical is highlighting a clinical study published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology that supports the value of Bayesian postprocessing in MR imaging.
MITA, Image Gently release pediatric fluoro paper January 23, 2015 -- The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and Image Gently have released a joint position paper for manufacturers of interventional x-ray technologies to improve the design of future equipment and imaging protocols for pediatric patients.
MICI Q1: Positive trends grow as radiology sentiment improves January 22, 2015 -- Radiology administrators in the U.S. continue to show a more positive outlook on their future business prospects, if the latest numbers in the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) are any indication. New first-quarter 2015 MICI numbers show improvement in nearly all categories.
Book excerpt: Reference Manual for MR Safety, Implants, and Devices January 22, 2015 -- The 2015 edition of the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants, and Devices by Frank Shellock, PhD, has been published, offering updated guidance on MRI safety for radiologists, MRI technologists, and facility managers. In the following excerpt, the use of a ferromagnetic detection system in the MRI suite is explained.