Female radiologists make as much as male peers
September 21, 2017 -- Female academic radiologists in the U.S. make as much money as their male colleagues -- a situation that's unusual among many medical specialties, according to a new study to be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Study questions whether x-rays really need to be repeated
September 19, 2017 -- Current radiology practice gives radiologic technologists significant leeway in deciding whether to retake radiographs that might not be up to snuff. But should the weight of that decision rest on their shoulders alone? Researchers investigated the question in a September 12 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Right heart quantification awareness: Part 4
September 19, 2017 -- The right heart has jokingly been referred to as the organ's stepchild, with little attention paid to its size, function, and prognostic implications. In this column, Andrea Fields of CardioServ reviews the proper methods to quantify the right heart for both size and function on echocardiography.  Discuss
Coordinator service bolsters radiologists' efficiency
September 18, 2017 -- Burnout among radiologists is on the rise, with one of the principal contributing factors being workplace inefficiency. What measures are being taken to address this pressing issue? Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center offer one solution in a paper published online September 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Simple interventions reduce outpatient CT wait times
September 12, 2017 -- Many patient visits to the hospital involve imaging, and one of the most important metrics patients use to measure satisfaction with radiology services is exam wait time. So how can wait time be streamlined?  Discuss
Art 101: Studying paintings helps residents spot findings
September 11, 2017 -- To produce better radiologists, try some fine art, concludes a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers from Yale University found that teaching residents how to analyze a painting improved their ability to identify abnormalities on images.  Discuss
Radiologists show resilience during Harvey
September 8, 2017 -- As Tropical Storm Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rainfall in Houston last month, radiology professionals rose to the occasion to continue providing crucial imaging services. They tell tales of riding out the storm by sleeping in scanner suites and reading images from flooded homes, and they say one thing was key to survival: planning.  Discuss
No need for RBMs: In-house efforts cut imaging rates
September 5, 2017 -- Radiology practices can reduce the use of inappropriate high-cost imaging exams such as CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET by establishing an in-house imaging utilization management program, thus avoiding external oversight from a radiology benefits management (RBM) firm, according to a study published in the September issue of Radiology.  Discuss
6 things new dept. chairs should know about capital budgets
September 5, 2017 -- You're a newly minted department chair, and you're about to attend your first capital budget meeting, where a proposal for a new MRI scanner is on the agenda. How should you handle it? Fortunately, we have a few tips from Dr. Geoffrey Rubin from Duke University and the Radiology Leadership Institute.  Discuss
Anthem move shows how payors are 'steering' patients
September 1, 2017 -- In an effort to contain healthcare costs, insurers are resorting to "steering," or pushing patients toward a particular form of imaging service. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the move by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indianapolis to require physicians to get permission for CT and MRI scans in hospital outpatient settings.  Discuss