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Michael Walter
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Michael joined TriMed in 2015 as the digital editor of RadiologyBusiness.com. He has over a decade of experience working as a writer, copy editor and manager. Michael studied journalism at the University of North Texas. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife, daughter, and a record collection that never seems to stop growing.
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The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has developed the Imaging Research Warehouse (IRW), a “massive image database” developed by the Mount Sinai Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute (TMII).

The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition released a statement Thursday applauding CMS for its proposal that clinician consultation of appropriate use criteria (AUC) related to advanced imaging services be considered a high-weighted improvement activity for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period.

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It’s well established that screening mammography successfully reduces breast cancer incidence and mortality, but in high-risk patients with certain BRCA mutations or dense breasts, other imaging techniques are often used instead. Breast MRI is one modality specialists often turn to in these cases, though it fails to identify calcifications and can be quite expensive to use, and this is where contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) comes in.

Canon U.S.A. announced this week that the United States Department of Defense has purchased more than 100 portable digital radiography (DR) systems from Virtual Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon.

Carestream announced Tuesday that its DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile X-ray system will be on display at AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

Image Wisely announced Monday that its newest radiation safety case, Child-sizing CT Dose: Optimizing Patient Care Through Quality Improvement– Pediatric and Adult Imaging, is now available online.

 - doctor communication

Communication with referring physicians is essential in radiology, but it often becomes stressful and frustrating for radiologists when they struggle to track down the right person. This can lead to workflow delays that chip away at various quality metrics and have a negative impact on patient care. In a recent case study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Eduardo J. Matta, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and colleagues worked to improve communication between radiologists and referring physicians by implementing a new, PACS-based software solution.

Two patients from Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) in Australia died in April after suffering strokes, and documents now reveal that schedule issues caused significant delays in their care. In each instance, the hospital’s two interventional neuroradiologists had the day off when the patients came in for care, meaning no specialists with proper training were on site. Another specialist was brought in from his own private practice—but not without a long delay in care.

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Over the last 10 to 15 years, awareness of the risks of radiation exposure in medical imaging and efforts to reduce dose have escalated exponentially. Imaging equipment vendors have answered the call with dose-reducing strategies that include more sensitive image receptors, better image reconstruction techniques, dose alerts and post-processing software. Radiologists, technologists and physicists have been hard at work as well, edging down dose without compromising image quality. So where do we stand? Are we as low as we can go or is there more that can be done?

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AHRA’s annual meeting was held in Nashville, Tenn., in 2016, but this year, it’s trading in cowboy boots and country music for sunshine and that cartoon mouse with the famous laugh. AHRA President Jason Newmark, CRA, took a break from making final preparations for AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, Calif., to speak about some of the biggest issues impacting both the present and future of radiology.