NEJM: Urologist self-referral equals IMRT overuse October 24, 2013 -- Allowing urologists to self-refer patients for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments contributes to overuse of this expensive therapy, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
How will Obamacare affect academic radiology? October 17, 2013 -- With the government shutdown behind us, implementation of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) continues to proceed. Its effects will extend into academic radiology, which can adapt by focusing on value, not volume, according to a review published in the October Academic Radiology.
Nonrads now performing bulk of US-guided procedures October 14, 2013 -- Radiologists no longer predominate in the performance of ultrasound-guided procedures, which may have implications for the quality of patient care, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Radiologists spend only a third of their time reading images October 9, 2013 -- Radiologists spend only 36.4% of their time on image interpretation -- which means they spend the bulk of their workday helping referring physicians and patients by performing tasks beyond reading exams, according to a study published in this month's Journal of the American College of Radiology.
JACR: Jobs are out there, but they may not be perfect October 8, 2013 -- First, the good news: There are available jobs for the 1,200 or so U.S. radiology residents finishing their training. Now the bad news: These jobs may not be the first choice of many residents, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Regional variation in imaging not best gauge for policy-making October 7, 2013 -- Curbing geographic variation in imaging use and costs has been a major target of policy efforts in recent years. But it's unclear whether focusing on these factors is the best way to rein in Medicare spending, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Don't forget technologists when adopting PACS October 2, 2013 -- Radiologists and referring physicians are obviously crucial constituents for PACS. But radiologic technologists have their own needs and perceptions that should be accommodated to ensure success when implementing PACS, according to a team of Taiwanese researchers.
Radiologists: Reach out to your referring physicians October 1, 2013 -- Referring physicians asked to rate the usefulness of a set of sample radiology reports gave them relatively high marks, according to a new study published in the October American Journal of Roentgenology. But the referring physicians added that they would like to hear from radiologists more often about important findings.
Mary's Musings: Do radiologists have x-ray vision? September 24, 2013 -- If you might have cancer, you want a radiologist looking for the disease. But what if you've lost your cellphone? Do radiologists have unique powers of perception that carry over into the nonmedical world? Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz explores this tantalizing question in this installment of Mary's Musings.