Care Optimization

The evidence points to ergonomically incorrect elements that can bring on or worsen aches and pains.
Dec 17, 2017 | Care Optimization
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK US) is being used more and more outside of radiology, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Dec 06, 2017 | Care Optimization
An abscess is one of the few breast-specific emergencies that require urgent treatment in emergency departments (EDs). A new study, presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, found that ED environments generate unnecessary exams in addition to some that incompletely identify malignancies.
Nov 29, 2017 | Care Optimization
Discussion about the safety of using gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in medical imaging has increased in recent years as a result of the element being found in patients’ brains following MRIs. In a new study presented Wednesday at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, however, researchers found no evidence of harm from the gadolinium being retained.
Oct 16, 2017 | Care Optimization
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is once again gearing up for its annual meeting at McCormick Place in the beautiful city of Chicago. What does RSNA have in store for attendees this year? Richard L. Ehman, MD, president of the RSNA Board of Directors, gave us a sneak peek. Ehman, a professor of radiology and Blanche R. & Richard J. Erlanger Professor of Medical Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., previewed RSNA 2017 and reviewed some of the biggest issues affecting medical imaging today.
Oct 16, 2017 | Care Optimization
Patient-centric care is so important to Solis Mammography that every member of its staff keeps a “Promise Book” containing the practice’s guiding principles close at hand. The book offers an important reminder to the 600 or so team members spanning 44 sites: “Our promise is an exceptional experience, exceptionally accurate results and peace of mind for everyone we serve.”
Oct 13, 2017 | Care Optimization
Cleveland Clinic entered the rapidly consolidating world of radiology in 2016, developing strategic partnerships and mergers with independent radiology groups, and hasn’t looked back since. The health system reported revenues of $8 billion in 2016, a jump of almost 12 percent, and 11 percent of that revenue came from its radiology arm, the Imaging Institute.
Oct 12, 2017 | Care Optimization
The Tenth Annual Radiology 100 Finds Practices Choosing One of Two Paths: Hire Additional Radiologists or Consider Consolidation
Oct 12, 2017 | Care Optimization
The October/November issue of Radiology Business Journal is always one of our most exciting of the year. It’s when we unveil our annual Radiology 100 ranking and it coincides with RSNA’s annual meeting in Chicago.
Aug 17, 2017 | Care Optimization
CMS released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on July 13, and it included two pieces of good news for imaging facilities across the United States.
Aug 16, 2017 | Care Optimization
Positive leadership is the only effective way to lead a radiology department. If you’ve decided to take on a leadership position, then why not create a positive, non-threatening environment that will help increase morale, reduce turnover, increase revenues and make your department a more positive place to work? From a business perspective, it’s the only path that makes sense.
Jul 26, 2017 | Care Optimization
Scientists from the University of Florida in Gainesville have used MRI to quantify the damage of Parkinson’s disease by tracking fluid changes in one area of the brain.
Jul 20, 2017 | Care Optimization
Prioritizing patient comfort and satisfaction may be a hot topic among policy makers in today’s healthcare environment, but it’s nothing new for the healthcare providers who spend most of their time working directly with them. Radiology technologists like me have always known the vital role of a positive patient experience in creating clinical value for patients. In my role supervising MRI technologists at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I’m made aware every day of the importance of providing a calming, supportive environment for our young patients and their families.
Jun 16, 2017 | Care Optimization
An economic analysis by a group of researchers from New York University School of Medicine found the most cost-effective osteoporosis screening strategy: start at age 55 and use five-year intervals, combining dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and quantitative CT.
Jun 13, 2017 | Care Optimization
The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) announced in March 2017 it was helping manage the development of a statewide radiation dose management repository, which will maintain dose data for patients receiving care from any participating hospitals.
Jun 12, 2017 | Care Optimization
For nearly 30 years, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have been used to aid diagnosis in clinical MRIs and have been considered safe for patients without severe renal insufficiency. Recent studies have shown that traces of gadolinium may be retained in a patient’s brain after use, however, sparking a firestorm of passionate debate.
Jun 09, 2017 | Care Optimization
In the not-too-distant past, patients seldom, if ever, had an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a radiologist or access their own imaging reports. In addition, providers rarely asked for feedback or considered the patient’s perspective when implementing new policies. But in the age of patient satisfaction, times are changing as radiology practices and hospital radiology departments are implementing patient-centered strategies intended to improve patient care and, in turn, support an increased level of patient satisfaction.
Jun 09, 2017 | Care Optimization
Pediatric radiology faces many of the same challenges inherent to pediatric specialties but the varied age and size of patients and lack of patient cooperation are especially problematic for imaging.
Jun 08, 2017 | Care Optimization
A study of over 13,000 MR breast screening exams determined the modality was meeting performance benchmarks set by the American College of Radiology, but found room for improvement on false-positive results, according to an article published online in Radiology.
Jun 02, 2017 | Care Optimization
Financial incentives for appropriately using clinical decision support (CDS) are scheduled to kick in on Jan. 1, 2018. Do you know what your plan of action is? CDS implementation is one of the biggest topics at SIIM 2017 in Pittsburgh, and a large crowd gathered the morning of June 1 for a presentation by thought leaders Keith D. Hentel, MD, MS, of New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Kevin W. McEnery, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
May 30, 2017 | Care Optimization
A Chicago-area radiologist CT-scanned a ball used in the 1907 World Series, won by the Cubs, and found it had no core—proving true an urban legend about cheating that had circulated for years.