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August/September 2010

By: George Wiley
Nationwide cumulative-dose indices, warning flags in electronic medical records (EMRs), and electronic imaging-history smart cards: All these are being called for to protect patients from excessive radiation exposure. The real advances on this hot-button issue for radiology, however, are taking place at the health-facility level, one patient at a time. In a watershed moment in October 2009, a luminary medical center in Los Angeles, California, announced that it had completed CT brain-perfusion scans of 206 patients over a period of 18 months, during which patients mistakenly had received eight times the called-for radiation dose per scan. The incident spawned lawsuits and a flood of media attention. The news stories were kept alive when more incidents of radiation overexposure were...
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By: Kris Kyes
It seems clear that the number of US imaging centers has stopped expanding, and that imaging-center chains are no longer as eager to snap up as many centers as possible. This is not bad news,...
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By: Neeraj Chepuri, MD
The current environment in radiology is changing quickly—and the pace of change is accelerating. Radiologists are accustomed to change. In fact, some would say that radiology is the primary field of...
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By: Cat Vasko
Few processes in radiology are as dreaded as switching from a legacy PACS to a newer replacement. Often approached only when the former PACS is on its last legs, the transition between systems...
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By: Staff Writer
A new round of physician–hospital alignment is underway—this time, with a broader sweep, according to Craig E. Holm, senior vice president, Health Strategies & Solutions, Philadelphia,...
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By: Erin Burke
Within the past 10 years, the topic of physician-performance benchmarking has progressed from contentious to being one on which entire meetings in the radiology community are based. Some industry...
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By: Staff Writer
Rapidly evolving technology capabilities are reason enough to standardize imaging protocols across a health-care enterprise. Add the desire to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and eliminate...
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By: George Wiley
In 2008, when Congress passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), the January 2012 accreditation deadline for providers of advanced imaging seemed distant, but it’s...
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By: Staff Writer
I read your article, “Finger in the Wind,”¹ with interest.
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By: Cheryl Proval
If at first you don’t succeed, then go ahead and fail, but do it intelligently. Failure, in fact, not only should be dissected and analyzed, but should be planned for—and, if done well, celebrated....
The following is not a trick question: What does the US Army’s legendary 82nd Airborne Division have in common with today’s medical-imaging profession? On the surface, probably not a lot; beneath...