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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Can electronic triggers help prevent delays in patient care?

Developing electronic triggers to detect delays in follow-up of abnormal mammographic results offers healthcare providers with an “unprecedented opportunity to improve care,” according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. But are the triggers successful enough for clinical use?

Radiologists, urologists both prefer PI-RADS v2 for prostate MRI reporting

Members of the Society of Abdominal Radiology and Society of Urologic Oncology prefer Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System version 2 (PI-RADS v2) for prostate MRI reporting, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Social media’s influence is growing—but some radiologists remain unimpressed

Social media has displayed “an increased reach into the medical community,” but it is still underutilized by certain groups in radiology, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology.

Radiology 100: The results are in!

The results of our Radiology 100 survey is here.

Radiography detects calciphylaxis earlier than histopathology

A study published in March by JAAD aimed to determine if radiologic imaging is a more effective diagnostic approach in detecting blood vessel calcification earlier than a skin biopsy.

Med students show increased interest in integrated interventional radiology

Medical student advisors and interventional radiology (IR) programs should continue to anticipate a high number of applications for integrated IR positions, according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco. 

Why the language used in radiology reports is more important now than ever

Radiologists and patients tend to interpret certain phrases differently, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Now that patients are reading their own radiology reports more and more, today’s specialists must choose their language wisely.

Technologists who have performed nuclear medicine procedures run higher risk of cataracts

Radiologic technologists who have performed nuclear medicine (NM) procedures are at an increased risk of developing cataracts, according to a recent study published in Radiology.

ASRT gives $10K to Red Cross to help Puerto Rico disaster relief

Like the organization had following recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help in relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria.

Neurologists prefer structured MRI reports when evaluating MS patients

Structured MRI reports of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more helpful to neurologists and provide much more key information than nonstructured reports, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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