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Synthetic 2D mammograms built from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) imaging don’t change or mask the effects of breast density, soothing industry concerns about obfuscation according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The implementation of standardized reporting for suspected hepatocellular carcinoma improved consistency and clarity, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

A group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital cut the incidence of delayed image delivery to PACS by two-thirds by using an automated system that alerted managers when the time-to-PACS (TTP) had exceeded a certain threshold. The internally developed web application—called Tempus Fugit—demonstrates the potency of targeted workflow intervention in an imaging department.

A survey of almost six million breast exams found not one case of untreated cancer had regressed by the next mammogram—refuting the notion that overdiagnosis could be reduced by delaying the starting age for mammography screening or increasing the interval between exams.

As healthcare policies continue to emphasize value-based care, the tracking and management of data has become more important in radiology than ever before. And while turnaround time was once the primary metric used for measuring quality of care and service throughout the imaging industry, it is no longer the only game in town. 

 

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Mammograms generated from DBT accurately represent density

Synthetic 2D mammograms built from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) imaging don’t change or mask the effects of breast density, soothing industry concerns about obfuscation according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

MRI before biopsy may be cost-effective detection method for prostate cancer

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center revealed in a new study that diagnostic MRI followed by one of three MRI-guided biopsy strategies could be a cost-effective detection method for prostate cancer.

LI-RADS reporting can reduce costs of liver cancer treatment

The implementation of standardized reporting for suspected hepatocellular carcinoma improved consistency and clarity, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Parents support age restrictions for indoor tanning, linked to increased risk of skin cancer

After collecting data from a group of parents, researchers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute found that almost two-thirds of parents agreed with policies to ban indoor tanning for those under the age of 18, due to risks including skin cancer.

Have-A-Heart campaign advocates for radiation safety in children with heart disease

The Have-A-Heart campaign has recently been launched by the Image Gently Alliance, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a coalition of pediatric medicine and cardiology organization, addressing the issue of radiation safety in children with heart disease.

Improving radiology reports for readability

With highly complex medical documents greatly mismatched with patient literacy levels, a team of researchers set out to test a simplified “grade vs. length” readability metric developed based on results from factor analysis of 10 readability metrics applied to more than 500,000 radiology reports.

Long PACS delivery time getting you down? Mass General has the solution

A group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital cut the incidence of delayed image delivery to PACS by two-thirds by using an automated system that alerted managers when the time-to-PACS (TTP) had exceeded a certain threshold. The internally developed web application—called Tempus Fugit—demonstrates the potency of targeted workflow intervention in an imaging department.

Alzheimer's researchers seek changes to FDA drug approval standards

Advocates and lead researchers of Alzheimer’s disease published “Single Endpoint for New Drug Approvals for Alzheimer’s Disease,” urging the FDA to clarify and modernize its approach for approving new treatments.

Delaying starting age for mammography won’t reduce overdiagnoses

A survey of almost six million breast exams found not one case of untreated cancer had regressed by the next mammogram—refuting the notion that overdiagnosis could be reduced by delaying the starting age for mammography screening or increasing the interval between exams.

First focused ultrasound procedure performed on patient with benign tumor

A multidisciplinary clinical team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami has performed the first focused ultrasound procedure on a 21-year-old patient who suffers from seizures linked to a non-cancerous hypothalamic hamartoma brain tumor.

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