AHRA: For patient satisfaction, focus on right-brain skills
August 11, 2014 -- As the delivery of healthcare shifts to value-based service, radiologists and their practices can't neglect patient satisfaction. To achieve service excellence, it's wise to highlight right-brain skills, according to a talk at the AHRA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Canadian policy to improve MRI referrals has mixed results
August 7, 2014 -- A campaign by the Ontario Ministry of Health to reduce inappropriate referrals for lumbar MRI resulted in more-appropriate exams, but it did not lower the number of new referrals, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 2
July 30, 2014 -- Repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer, can trigger tennis elbow. Part 2 of this series presents three exercises sonographers can use to improve stability and strength to alleviate the condition.
MICI Q3: Are radiology administrators getting more optimistic?
July 29, 2014 -- Are things looking up for radiology administrators? That's the tantalizing suggestion from third-quarter data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI), a forward-looking barometer of administrator confidence. While the numbers aren't definitive, they do hint at a second consecutive quarter of improving sentiment.
Insurance status affects imaging use for acute stroke
July 29, 2014 -- Patients' insurance status and the socioeconomic factors that may be connected to it influence the type of imaging they receive when they present with acute ischemic stroke, according to a new study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ACR urges CMS to cover breast tomosynthesis
July 24, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for the extra cost of digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay extra for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.
Radiology: A bellwether for healthcare reform?
July 23, 2014 -- In the Affordable Care Act era, can radiology make the shift from contributing to rising healthcare costs to becoming a guardian of appropriate imaging utilization? That's the proposition in a recent opinion article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by radiologists from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
General practitioners order more imaging in Australia
July 22, 2014 -- General practitioners in Australia are placing more orders for medical imaging exams, with total orders for imaging growing 45% from 2005 to 2012, according to a survey released this week from the University of Sydney. The numbers also indicate a shift away from general radiography and toward more advanced modalities such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
Study finds rads working longer, postponing retirement
July 22, 2014 -- Radiologists say they're working more hours and expect to retire later than they'd prefer, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. How they handle their exit from the workforce will have major ramifications for future job prospects for radiologists.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Tennis elbow, part 1
July 17, 2014 -- Just because you don't play tennis or racket sports doesn't mean you can't come down with tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis. A painful condition caused by overuse, tennis elbow can be triggered by repetitive movements on the job, such as the daily work of a sonographer.