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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

Radiology Meets the Brothers Marx

Sorting out who’s who in radiology professional services is no easy task

CMS Initiates National Coverage Analysis for Lung Cancer Screening

CMS today announced that it would initiate a National Coverage Analysis on lung cancer screening with low-dose CT.

The action was taken in response to two formal requests to initiate the NCA, one from Peter B. Bach, director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the other one came from Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president & CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance.

Gearing Up for Value-based Payment: The Race to Define Quality in Radiology

Today’s radiology dashboards let you know how your department or practice is running. They chart patient flow; report-turnaround times; critical-results reporting; and dozens of other data points that reflect cost, efficiency, productivity, and (sometimes) effectiveness. One of the primary goals of these dashboards is to support quality improvement, as CMS and other payors begin to link payment to performance—and to define performance using quality measurements.

Devising a Blueprint for Radiology: Standardization

Standardization in radiology can take a dozen different paths, and it is clearly complex—but why is there a need for standardization in the first place? Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, is vice chair for research at Scott & White Healthcare (Temple, Texas), a nonprofit health system. She is a professor of radiology at the allied Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and is a subspecialist in mammography. Monticciolo is chair of the ACR® Commission on Quality and Safety. Of course, quality and safety are among the primary reasons that standardization is a talking point for so many who hold stakes in radiology’s future.

What You See Probably Isn’t

Fifteen years ago, when I first started to write about radiology, any attempt to manage or standardize the practice of medicine was met with resistance and derision. Notice that when putting together this issue, we ruled out calling our cover story, “Devising a Cookbook for Radiology.”

From Quality to Outcomes: Deploying Clinical Analytics

Although radiology has employed clinical analytics for more than a decade, the field is in its infancy. Nonetheless, the possibilities are tantalizing—if technological, economic, political, and interoperability hurdles can be cleared.

Radiology’s ACO Play: Get in the Game—Now

The ACO, a relatively new concept that met with great skepticism when it appeared in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now ranks at the top of the conversation-starter list in the radiology community. Imaging providers have debated whether it is necessary for them to engage with these entities, and, if they do, what roles they would play. The current consensus not only is that radiology cannot afford to ignore the ACO model, but also that a strategic approach must be followed if providers are to assume their positions successfully under the ACO umbrella.

The ACO Around the Corner

Perhaps because they don’t hang a sign out front, they aren’t located in one place, and they are (in a sense) virtual, accountable-care organizations (ACOs) have quietly blanketed nearly half the nation

Value-added Radiology, Defined

If on-site radiologists want to distinguish themselves from other image-reading specialists or teleradiologists, they must be more than image readers, according to Vijay Rao, MD, David C. Levin professor and radiology chair at Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). On December 1, 2011, she presented “Value-added Services of

Radiology’s Role in a Defragmented System: The Hoag Experience

In recent years, health-care reform (in all its guises) has spurred providers to investigate new methods and models for delivering services to inpatients and outpatients alike. Some do not affect radiology, but others have major ramifications for the way that imaging is delivered, managed, and paid for, as well as for the integration of radiology

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