RAND study questions whether decision support really works December 18, 2014 -- Decision support for physicians ordering imaging exams has been touted as an effective way to reduce unnecessary imaging and ensure the appropriateness of studies. However, a new report released by RAND that evaluated a Medicare demonstration project of decision support suggests it may not be as helpful as it's cracked up to be.
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Study confirms imaging's shift from offices to hospitals December 12, 2014 -- As policymakers attempt to curb healthcare costs, the use of advanced imaging -- MR, nuclear medicine, and CT -- has been shifting from private offices to hospital outpatient departments. So how might this trend affect patients?
Radiation protection shielding drops dose for CT patients December 5, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Although cancers in the U.S. that may be attributable to radiation from CT are low -- estimates range from 1.5% to 2% -- patients still need to be shielded as much as possible, according to a presentation at the RSNA 2014 meeting. And with reusable, lead-free shields, it's not hard to do.
Patients prefer shorter, less-complex radiology reports December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Patients may be accessing their radiology reports more often through online patient portals, but do they understand what they're reading? Not very well, if research presented on Thursday at RSNA 2014 is any indication.
Radiologists face constant interruptions during daily work December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Radiologists are constantly interrupted during their normal daily workflow in the reading room, which could have significant implications for patient care, according to a study presented at RSNA 2014 on Wednesday.
Video from RSNA 2014: Dr. Richard Duszak Jr. on changes in radiology December 3, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Dr. Richard Duszak Jr., from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and Emory University, talks with AuntMinnie.com about the changing trends at RSNA 2014 and with radiology, such as the shift in focus from technology to patients and delivery systems.
Geographic variations don't necessarily signify imaging overuse December 2, 2014 -- Geographic variations in imaging use do not necessarily mean that these services are being overused, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Rather, other factors, such as how care is structured in a system and how physicians are paid, may come into play.
Video from RSNA 2014: Dr. David C. Levin on trends in radiology December 2, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Dr. David C. Levin from Thomas Jefferson University discusses important trends in radiology, particularly the new era of imaging price transparency and what it means for imaging facilities, with AuntMinnie.com at RSNA 2014.