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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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Imaging shows overlap in organization of white matter in autism spectrum disorder, ADHD

A fuller picture of the association between autism-related traits, inattention and measures of white matter organization, especially in the corpus callosum, is emerging as the result of new research. The investigators undertook their work because while the clinical overlap between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become increasingly apparent, little has been known about the brain mechanisms that underlie this overlap.

Patients outline different experiences at cancer centers, mobile mammography sites

A recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology found significant differences between women who receive their mammography at a cancer center as opposed to those visiting a mobile mammography site.

Breast MRI found to have a high sensitivity for pregnancy-associated breast cancer

Pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC) is rare, but aggressive. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, breast MRI has a high sensitivity for PABC and changes the surgical management of PABC patients at a significant rate.

Radiologists, meet your new best friends: Reading room coordinators

Implementing a reading room coordinator can improve radiologist satisfaction and help battle potential feelings of burnout, according to a recent case study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Using limited-range CT for children with suspected appendicitis reduces dose while maintaining accuracy

Limited-range CT exams performed from the top of L2 to the top of the pubic symphysis are as accurate as full-range CT in children with suspected appendicitis and reduces the radiation dose by 46 percent, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Mailed outreach improves colorectal screening rates

Mailed fecal immunochemical test (FIT) outreach and colonoscopy outreach can improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates, according to new research published by JAMA.

Children exposed to more radiation at nonpediatric hospitals than pediatric facilities

Children receiving CT scans at nonpediatric hospitals (NPHs) are exposed to twice as much radiation as children being imaged at pediatric hospitals using an optimal scanning protocol (OSP), according to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Evander Holyfield, Medical Arts Radiology partner to provide care to combat sport athletes

Real Deal Sports & Entertainment, a boxing entertainment and promotion company founded by boxing legend Evander Holyfield, has partnered with Long Island, New York-based Medical Arts Radiology to develop The Real Deal Medical, an initiative that providers combat sport athletes with “top quality and consistent medical care across the country.”

MRI connects genetic autism, structural abnormalities in brain

The duplication or deletion of a small piece of chromosome is one of the most common causes of genetic autism spectrum disorder. Researchers used MRI to examine 331 individuals to identify structural abnormalities in such brains.

Suppose they gave a war on Alzheimer’s and everybody came

These are boom times for clinical studies on Alzheimer’s disease, and the unending explosion owes much to the Baby Boom.

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