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POCUS, MRI make ECRI's top 10 hazards list
October 9, 2019 -- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and missing patient implant data for MRI exams are listed among the top 10 health technology hazards for 2020, according to a new report released October 7 by healthcare consultancy ECRI Institute.  Discuss
4 steps for physicians to influence AI legal issues
October 9, 2019 -- The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in clinical practice can engender complex medicolegal issues, but physicians can take certain actions to shape how liability determinations will play out, according to an article published online October 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Black-blood CT sheds light on intraluminal heart anatomy
October 9, 2019 -- An advanced imaging technique called black-blood CT can leverage cinematic rendering technology to provide a detailed view inside the lumen of vasculature and potentially bolster cardiac evaluation, according to an article published online October 1 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.  Discuss
JAMA: 25% of U.S. healthcare spending is waste
October 8, 2019 -- Approximately 25% of annual U.S. healthcare spending -- $760 billion to $935 billion -- can be considered waste, according to a new report published online October 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Elastography helps liver transplant patients avoid biopsy
October 8, 2019 -- Ultrasound with a shear-wave elastography technique can help liver transplant patients avoid biopsy on follow-up, according to a study published online October 7 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
What's the best way to protect your PACS?
October 8, 2019 -- It can be challenging for healthcare institutions to protect their PACS against cybersecurity threats. In an effort to help, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a draft practice guide aimed at helping healthcare organizations achieve PACS security.  Discuss
MRI links pesticides to Cuban embassy maladies
October 7, 2019 -- MRI scans of Canadian diplomats and their family members indicate that pesticides -- and not a "sonic weapon" -- may have contributed to neurological deficiencies and other issues experienced by both the Canadians and U.S. personnel working in Havana. Study results were published on September 29 on medRxiv.org.  Discuss
Can imaging informatics professionals help with legal cases?
October 7, 2019 -- Imaging informatics professionals are increasingly playing a significant role in medicolegal cases. In this article, Luke Bideaux explores this trend and discusses the qualifications needed to serve as a special adviser or expert witness, as well as the legal situations that would benefit from their involvement.  Discuss
How to protect your practice from missed follow-ups
October 7, 2019 -- How can you protect your practice against a medical malpractice lawsuit from a missed communication with a patient or primary care physician? Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers some advice.  Discuss
New CT diagnostic reference levels factor in image quality
October 4, 2019 -- CT diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are primarily intended to regulate radiation dose. But researchers from Duke University are now proposing that image noise be factored into DRLs to further optimize the quality of CT scans, in an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
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