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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

New Jersey lab eyes low-cost breast screening for developing world

ClearView Diagnostics has hopes of bringing expanded breast screening to the developing world using low-cost ultrasound developed with the Dr. Susan Love Foundation and a grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute.

33% of women skipping out on follow-up mammography

Nearly a third of post-breast cancer women are slipping through the cracks in our mammography system, according to a presentation at the 2016 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Closing in on Outcomes: Radiology Attempts to Close the Loop

Radiologists are getting serious about medical imaging outcomes in patients

Less painful mammograms could still be accurate

Breast cancer screenings can help save lives, but some detection methods are painful—mammograms squeeze the breast between two rigid plates. That might put some women off screening—and it might not even be necessary, according to a statement from Sweden’s Lund University.

 
When providers follow CDS guidelines, the odds of an acute PE finding improve significantly

The influence of clinical decision support (CDS) systems in emergency departments (EDs) continues to grow, but what happens when physicians choose to override CDS recommendations? According to a recent study published in Radiology, the odds of an acute pulmonary embolism (PE) finding were much higher when providers followed CDS guidelines than when alerts were overridden. 

What is a radiologist visit worth? 3 takeaways from a new patient survey

It’s no secret that radiology is rapidly changing, with more and more focus being put on defining and demonstrating value. The good news for radiologists, according to a recent study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology, is that patients value their assessment of images over interpreters who aren’t radiologists. Some patients are even willing to pay for a one-on-one meeting. 

AHRA Fall Conference: 3 competencies that help imaging leaders get things done

The AHRA 2016 Virtual Fall Conference begins Oct. 14, with virtual sessions available to attendees on demand for two full weeks. One session available on demand will be “The 3 Competencies: Building a Successful Imaging Project with Patient Care in Mind,” presented by Cathy Dolan-Schweitzer, MA, the president of Health Well Done in Yonkers, New York. 

MRI during first trimester does not pose risk to mother, fetus

Contrary to some conventional concerns, MRI scans in the first trimester of pregnancy appear safe for both mothers and their fetuses, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, exposure to gadolinium of any kind, including in MRI, came with an increased risk of adverse effects to the child after birth.

 
ACOs could have specific effects on radiology departments

The Medicare Shared Savings Program could affect radiology practices through accountable care organization (ACO) enrollment, according to a study by the Harvey L. Nieman Health Policy Institute that was published in the journal Health Care Management Science.

Imaging providers on Vancouver Island continue to struggle

Imaging providers in Vancouver Island, part of the Canadian province of British Columbia, have continued to experience issues taking care of patients in a timely matter. This week, two of the top stories on the Times Colonist, the daily newspaper of Victoria, B.C., focused on the issue. 

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