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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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NYU develops cost-effective osteoporosis screening

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.

Patient-Centered Radiology Strategies: How Radiologists Can Demonstrate Value By Putting Patients First

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.

Contrast Caution: 5 Things Every Radiologist Should Know About Gadolinium

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.

Connecticut to open first statewide radiation dose repository in U.S.

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.

4 common errors in pediatric abdominal radiography

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.

Breast MR in community practices meets ACR benchmarks

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.

MRI is a low-dose option for diagnosing Crohn's study finds

MRI could replace CT as a low-dose option when diagnosing Crohn’s Disease in the small bowel, according to a study published in Academic Radiology.

SIIM 2017: 3 Key Takeaways About CDS Implementation

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. McHenry, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Chicago rad uses CT on baseball from Cubs' 1907 World Series win

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.

Community hospital's incident learning system reduces errors, near misses

A small community hospital in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa implemented an incident learning system in its radiation oncology department, realizing 35 to 40 percent decreases in errors and near misses. All it took was a simple reporting program along with the time and dedication of a safety committee including physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, nurses and office coordinators.

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