RADIOLOGY NEWS
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 37: Pediatric radiology rotation
May 18, 2017 -- Andy prepares for her rotation in pediatric radiology with an astute observation on the differences between children and adults in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.  Discuss
MRI training improves performance, patient satisfaction
May 17, 2017 -- By training MRI technologists in advanced communication skills, outpatient imaging centers can improve equipment utilization, hourly scan rates, and patient satisfaction, all while avoiding the potential loss of business to competing facilities.  Discuss
Women want to know their breast cancer risk
May 17, 2017 -- Most screening mammography patients want to know their estimated lifetime risk of developing breast cancer -- and radiologists need to step up to provide this information, according to a study published in the May edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
New audit pinpoints causes of 'wasteful' unnecessary scans
May 17, 2017 -- Radiologists' failure to check the validity of requests for CT and MRI scans, along with ignorance among referring doctors of appropriateness criteria for imaging examinations, are the most important reasons for costly inappropriate requests of radiological exams, a new study from Saudi Arabia found.  Discuss
Photoacoustic imaging could guide breast cancer removal
May 17, 2017 -- A new technique based on photoacoustic imaging could help surgeons determine whether they've removed all cancerous tissue during breast surgery, according to a study published online May 17 in Science Advances.  Discuss
Contrast US helps assess breast cancer treatment response
May 16, 2017 -- Yielding comparable tumor measurements and accuracy, contrast-enhanced ultrasound can be a viable alternative to contrast-enhanced MRI for assessing breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to research published in the May issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.  Discuss
Is your practice ready for new decision-support rules?
May 16, 2017 -- New Medicare rules are coming in January 2018 that will require appropriate use criteria and clinical decision support to order advanced imaging services. Unfortunately, the onus will be on radiology practices to make sure the systems are used by their referring physicians, according to a new article from Healthcare Administrative Partners.  Discuss
Increases in ED imaging use aren't across-the-board
May 15, 2017 -- The use of CT and MRI in the emergency department (ED) has grown over the past 20 years, but that growth varies from one disease to another, and it appears to be concentrated on a limited number of conditions, according to a study published online May 5 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Gadolinium dosing calculator can guide MRI contrast use
May 15, 2017 -- Given the ongoing concern over the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), researchers have developed a resource for MRI technologists and radiologists that calculates accurate and appropriate GBCA doses for patients to avoid dosing errors.  Discuss
Massive cyberattack cripples U.K. health services
May 12, 2017 -- England and Scotland have been hit by a large-scale cyberattack that has compromised National Health Service facilities in both countries, including radiology services, according to news and social media reports from affected facilities.  Discuss