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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.”

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.

 

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Patients less likely to return to ER within 30 days if they receive CT on initial visit

A retrospective observational study found that patients who came into the emergency department and received a CT exam in their initial visit were less likely to return for a follow-up within 30 days. 

Alliance HealthCare Radiology partners with Sodexo Healthcare

Alliance HealthCare Radiology and Sodexo Healthcare, a $24.4 billion global organization, have announced plans to form a partnership.

RSNA 2016: Put away the scalpel; ablation is best for metastatic lung disease

Metastatic lung cancer has several options for treatment, but ablation should the first choice therapy, according to an RSNA 2016 presentation delivered by Chief of Interventional Radiology Stephen B. Solomon, MD, of Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

CT aids in process of identifying stroke

According to a recent study published in Annals of Neurology, computed tomography (CT)-based quantification of water uptake in the ischemic tissue can identify patients with stroke onset within 4.5 hours, guiding the decision to use thrombolysis. 

Leveraging data more important than ever with MACRA on the horizon

With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) going live in 2017, a substantial amount of reimbursement dollars will be tied to quality metrics. Radiology practices must leverage performance data and EHR records to receive the biggest possible reimbursement.

Surgical platform with real-time MRI guidance to be featured at Pediatric Neurosurgical Conference

The medical device company, MRI Interventions announced its ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System will be featured at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

RSNA 2016: 5 factors of successful change

Amid change, errors are inevitable. David Larson, associate professor of radiology at Stanford University and member of the RSNA Quality Committee, spoke Nov. 29 at RSNA 2016 on “Common Mistakes in Performance Improvement and How to Avoid Them."

RSNA 2016: Actionable reports can save money, patient anxiety

“Everyone has said we’ve got to tackle this one way or another,” said Giles W.L. Boland, MD, head of the department of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Right now the zeitgeist is looking for better value, but we need to determine that from the patient’s perspective—not ours.”

RSNA 2016: Radiology’s patient transfer procedures need review

Radiology departments may benefit from scrutinizing their protocol when transferring trauma patients, according to a Sunday morning session at RSNA 2016.

RSNA President: Let’s get back to basics

RSNA President Richard Baron, MD, delivered the RSNA 16 opening address to a packed Arie Crown Theater, kicking off a week of radiological education in Chicago.

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