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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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Overall cancer mortality decreases, but regional disparities persist

Good news for the FDA and HHS marketing departments: The PSAs are working. Overall cancer mortality in the United States decreased by about 20 percent from 1980 to 2014, but it varied widely at the county level, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE).

What happens when radiologists hedge even when certain

Associate professor of radiology at Duke University School of Medicine, Jenny Hoang, MBBS, published an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, outlining reasons why radiologists should not hedge when there is certainty.

Radiology residents vs. final-year students: What a difference a year of clinical practice makes

Irish researchers have found that on-the-job training quickly hoists new radiologists’ know-how, at least as regards appropriateness of imaging ordering, well above their competence levels heading into—and even upon completion of—their final year of medical school. 

Kaiser Permanente opens three new locations

Kaiser Permanente has started off 2017 with a fresh start, as they opened up three new medical offices to offer services including general radiology, mammography and mental health.

Global Kinetics, uMotif partner to find Parkinson’s disease treatments

To advance the treatment and understanding of Parkinson’s disease, Global Kinetics, a digital health company in Australia, and uMotif, an English tech company, have entered a partnership to offer a data platform that will explore the issue.

Mammography disparities found among black, Hispanic women

While early screening and detection can play an important role in preventing breast cancer, new research from Mayo Clinic shows that some women, particularly minority women, aren’t being screened as often as their white counterparts. 

RSNA 2016: How imaging can help treat Zika, other tropical diseases

Many American physicians aren’t accustomed to treating neglected tropical diseases (NTD), simply because many of their patients just don’t catch them. Illnesses like leprosy, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis, rarely plague people in the U.S.

RSNA 2016: More research, awareness needed in fight against prostate cancer

The negative impact of prostate cancer is woefully underestimated by the public, according to Colleen A. Lawton, MD, professor and vice chair of radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She reviewed the history of prostate cancer screening and treatment in the Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology address at RSNA 2016.

Radiology increasingly responsible for feeding tubes

The past two decades have seen a drastic decline in enteral access procedures among Medicare patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Case study: Radiologists should be cautious when delivering 'bad news'

For patients, receiving the results of radiology reports can prove to be stressful experiences. The moment after the information is shared, they will either be breathing a sigh of relief—or the complete opposite. 

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