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For Imaging Leaders, Keeping Up With Evolving Policies and Safety Standards Gets Harder By the Day

 The Words We Use to Describe Interdepartmental Relationships Matter More Than You Might Think

It’s a question that comes up time and time again in medical imaging: How should incidental findings be handled by the radiologist? Should they be included in the radiology report or just ignored? While radiologists don’t want to alarm patients, they also realize that not reporting a finding could have devastating results for the patient and involve the radiologists in malpractice litigation. There also are potential cost savings to consider. At a time when quality is being emphasized over quantity, reducing the number of unnecessary follow-up exams is a priority throughout all of radiology.

In an advisory posted to its website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that each time a mobile unit is moved to a new location, a post-move verification test must be conducted prior to imaging patients at the new location. The advisory is in adherence with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

With the ubiquity of electronic medical records combined with online patient portals, patients have easier access to physicians’ reports than ever before. But understanding those documents is another matter altogether.

 

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How to Manage Incidental Findings: Today’s Radiologists Turn to a Mix of Society Guidelines and Trusting Their Instincts

It’s a question that comes up time and time again in medical imaging: How should incidental findings be handled by the radiologist? Should they be included in the radiology report or just ignored? While radiologists don’t want to alarm patients, they also realize that not reporting a finding could have devastating results for the patient and involve the radiologists in malpractice litigation. There also are potential cost savings to consider. At a time when quality is being emphasized over quantity, reducing the number of unnecessary follow-up exams is a priority throughout all of radiology.

RSNA 2017: Web glossary helps patients decipher MRI reports

With the ubiquity of electronic medical records combined with online patient portals, patients have easier access to physicians’ reports than ever before. But understanding those documents is another matter altogether.

FDA advisory clarifies, adds to MQSA-related mobile mammography recommendations

In an advisory posted to its website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that each time a mobile unit is moved to a new location, a post-move verification test must be conducted prior to imaging patients at the new location. The advisory is in adherence with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

When reporting incidental findings, providing detailed data helps patients worry less

Providing more context when communicating with patients about incidental findings can have a significant impact on how much they worry, according to a study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Musculoskeletal radiologists lack familiarity with ISSVA classification system

A majority of musculoskeletal (MSK) radiologists are not familiar with the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) classification system, according to a recent study published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

Is Mn-PyC3A a viable alternative to gadolinium-based contrast agents?

The use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to diagnose abnormalities in MR images has become one of radiology’s hottest topics, and it even made national news after a recent lawsuit filed by Chuck Norris and his wife, Gena. According to a new study published in Radiology, a manganese-based contrast agent, manganese-N-picolyl-N,N’,N’-trans-1,2-cyclohexenediaminetriacetate (Mn-PyC3A), could be on its way to replacing GBCAs in some advanced imaging exams.

3 reasons radiology’s potential to impact patient care should not be underestimated

A recent analysis published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology contains a message radiologists will be happy to read: The field of radiology is in a unique position to enhance patient experience and improve patient care overall. It might seem like radiologists are at a disadvantage when it comes to affecting patient experience, the authors explained, but that is actually far from the truth.

Patients with nonmetastatic colorectal cancer benefit from more fiber

Here’s some helpful news specialists can pass along: After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC), patients can reduce their risk of CRC-specific mortality and overall mortality by adding more fiber to their diet, according to a new observational study published in JAMA Oncology.

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