DBT for lesion workup; Oosterwijk on certification; program directors love their jobs

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

The good news just keeps on coming for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). A new paper published in the February edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology has good things to say about the use of DBT for working up suspicious noncalcified lesions found on screening mammography.

In an article in our Women's Imaging Digital Community, we explain how researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, found DBT to be equivalent to mammography in sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. The key point is that using tomosynthesis immediately after a suspicious mammogram could enable patients to avoid additional diagnostic mammography views acquired during traditional workup.

Learn more by clicking here, or visit the community at women.auntminnie.com.

Oosterwijk on certification

In our PACS Digital Community, we're pleased to highlight a new column by imaging informatics educator Herman Oosterwijk of OTech, who addresses the recent launch of a program by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to enable the certification of informatics software.

The program is designed to help purchasers of healthcare IT software select applications that will work with products from other vendors. While in general that's a good thing, there could be a downside to certification if it replaces existing forums for promoting HIT interoperability, such as the IHE Connectathon, Mr. Oosterwijk believes.

Do you agree? Check out his column by clicking here, or visit the PACS Digital Community at pacs.auntminnie.com.

Program directors love their jobs

Finally, you might think that directors of radiology residency programs are pretty stressed out. But a new survey found that overall they are pretty happy with their jobs.

Researchers from New Jersey surveyed more than 100 U.S. program directors on their job satisfaction, compensation, and other factors. More than half rated their job satisfaction as high, while only 6% said their satisfaction was low.

Still, it's not all sunny skies for program directors -- there was at least one issue that bugged many of the survey respondents. Find out what it was by clicking here, or visit our Residents Digital Community at residents.auntminnie.com.

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