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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

 

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MRI can ID ‘waterlogged’ brain region, help gauge Parkinson’s damage

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.

Happy staff, happy patient: Empowering radiology staff for a better patient experience

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.

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

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