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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.

 

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Musculoskeletal extremity imaging jumped from 1994 to 2013 for Medicare beneficiaries

The utilization rates of four common musculoskeletal extremity imaging modalities—radiography, MRI, CT and ultrasound—increased significantly in the Medicare population over the last two decades, according to a new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Using breast MRI to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancers does not delay treatment

Breast MRI is often used to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancers, but there is some evidence that suggests this practice can lead to delayed surgical treatment. To explore that issue more closely, the authors of a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology carried out a retrospective study of 189 patients who were diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at the same facility.

ACR makes 35 new, revised guidance documents available to the public

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Thursday that it has developed three new guidance documents—two practice parameters and one technical standard—to help radiology practices improve the quality of care they provide to patients.

Ring, ring: Streamlined telephone system benefits interventional radiology

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) looked at how a redesigned phone system for interaction with patients and referring physicians can improve patient experience, quality of care and satisfaction.

When screening high-risk patients, automated whole-breast ultrasound and mammography is superior to mammography alone

A recent study in Academic Radiology explored various screening strategies using automated whole-breast ultrasound (ABUS) to determine a preferred method for treating patients who either have dense breasts or are at high risk of breast cancer. The authors found that a combination of ABUS and screening mammography was more effective than mammography on its own, and screening ultrasound alone “is also an effective screening strategy.”

Acute chest pain shouldn't always lead to coronary CT angiography

Considering the sheer volume of patients visiting emergency departments (EDs) for acute chest pain, properly utilization of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is key to improving triage. Such imaging can identify those at risk of developing acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but not every patient needs to receive CCTA.

Smokers who receive CT scans are less likely to light up

Seeing is believing—at least when it comes to smokers who undergo CT scans of their lungs. Those who do are more likely to quit, according to research from a number of U.K. universities.

AHRA 2017: An inside look at medical imaging in the NFL

Numerous sessions at AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, California, have focues on topics such as clinical decision support, patient-centered care and leadership. Only one session, however, gave attendees a sneak peek at what it’s like working on the sideline during an NFL game.

No-shows in radiology can be predicted—no crystal ball required

No-show visits (NSVs) are a considerable obstacle for all healthcare specialties, and radiology is no exception. Imaging leaders have often wished they could predict which patients might be NSVs, and according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, that wish has come true.

Gadolinium deposition ignoring the blood-brain barrier, according to study

Gadolinium deposition in the brain may be worse than previously feared, bypassing the blood-brain barrier and landing in regions of the brain responsible for voluntary motor control.

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