Top 10 AuntMinnie stories for 2016
December 28, 2016 -- Radiology dodged a couple of bullets in 2016, as indicated by our list of top 10 stories as measured by member traffic. A plan by the U.S. government to allow nurses to read x-rays for military veterans was shelved this year, as was a requirement that board-certified radiologists renew their certification with a rigorous in-person exam.
Radiologist burnout: Worse than we thought?
December 28, 2016 -- It's no secret that physicians are susceptible to workplace burnout, and radiologists are no exception. The syndrome can be dangerous, affecting the well-being of physicians and also the quality of care provided to patients. But how common is burnout?
Why are pediatric MRI scans on the rise in the ED?
December 27, 2016 -- The desire to avoid exposing pediatric patients to CT's ionizing radiation appears to be powering increased use of MRI at one New York City hospital's emergency department (ED). The shift to the modality is also prompting the facility to adjust resources to meet times of greatest volume and demand.
The Neighborhood Radiologist: How I read imaging studies
December 23, 2016 -- The Neighborhood Radiologist, Dr. Neal Klitsch, is back with a new column for AuntMinnie.com. With his blog and website, Klitsch aims to make radiology more understandable and approachable for patients, referring physicians, and radiologists-in-training. Here he describes how he reads imaging studies.
DWI-MRI could help show gene expression in tumors
December 23, 2016 -- Researchers from California have developed a way to use diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI) to noninvasively monitor gene expression in tumor cells in living tissue, according to a study published online December 23 in Nature Communications.
Vancouver lung cancer predictor works in NLST
December 22, 2016 -- A Canadian model for predicting lung cancer risk based on nodule and patient characteristics distinguished benign from malignant lung nodules in patients in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), according to a study presented at RSNA 2016. A second study in the same session, however, found that radiologists slightly outperformed the model.
State tort reform reduces orders for x-rays
December 22, 2016 -- Tort reforms that make it harder to sue physicians have a stronger effect on reducing x-ray orders than reforms that directly reduce payouts for physician errors, according to a new study published online December 21 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 20: Happy Hanukkah, Andy
December 22, 2016 -- Ryan surprises Andy with an unusual Hanukkah gift that turns out to be pretty useful in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Pediatric MRI safety needs to target youngest patients
December 21, 2016 -- Pediatric patients younger than 6 years old are the most vulnerable when it comes to MRI safety issues, according to a study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and presented at RSNA 2016. The findings have prompted a call for quality improvements when it comes to scanning kids.
Density notification letters leave women with questions
December 21, 2016 -- Connecticut passed the first breast tissue density notification law seven years ago. Now 28 states have enacted similar legislation, mandating that women be informed if they have dense tissue. But even if women understand the content of notification letters, do they know what to do next? Not necessarily, according to a talk given at the RSNA 2016 meeting.