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Research into health disparities has seen significant growth in the last few decades, and academic radiologists have been a part of that trend. But how can these specialists track disparities in imaging utilization if they don’t have the right data?

Pediatric body CT exams are on the rise in the United States, especially among older children, according to a new analysis of data from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT Dose Index Registry (DIR). The authors used the data to break down various demographics of common pediatric body CT exams, publishing their findings in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

It is increasingly important for radiologists to provide care centered on patients and their families. In an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, numerous specialists discussed their perspectives on how to best provide patient- and family-centered care (PFCC).

A lay-language glossary may help patients better understand their radiology reports, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The radiology report is undoubtedly the most important work product submitted by radiologists.

 

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When this process was simplified, the entire department benefited

Making significant workflow changes at large academic medical centers can be quite difficult, but a team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, were able to do just that. Lead author Richard G. Abramson, MD, and colleagues shared their success in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, providing an in-depth look at what they changed and the impact it had on the entire radiology department.

Agfa Healthcare to provide enterprise imaging platform to Australia’s ACT Health

Agfa Healthcare announced it has signed a three-plus-four-year contract to provide its enterprise imaging platform to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health, which covers patients throughout Australia. Several solutions are involved in the contract, including Enterprise Imaging for Radiology, the XERO universal image viewer, Enterprise Imaging Business Intelligence and more.

Mach7 Technologies hires new CEO

Mach7 Technologies, a Burlington, Vermont-based healthcare company focused on enterprise imaging, has hired Michael Jackman to be its new CEO. Jackman is a veteran of the healthcare IT industry with almost three decades of hands-on experience.

Cleaning up: 3 tips for reducing and reorganizing imaging codes at your institution

A team at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston recently reduced its imaging (IMG) codes—which are used internally to define and keep track of procedures as they pass through various information systems—from more than 1,300 to fewer than 850. How'd they do it? 

Reducing Radiation Exposure in Medical Imaging: How Radiology is Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time

Over the last 10 to 15 years, awareness of the risks of radiation exposure in medical imaging and efforts to reduce dose have escalated exponentially. Imaging equipment vendors have answered the call with dose-reducing strategies that include more sensitive image receptors, better image reconstruction techniques, dose alerts and post-processing software. Radiologists, technologists and physicists have been hard at work as well, edging down dose without compromising image quality. So where do we stand? Are we as low as we can go or is there more that can be done?

AHRA 2017: Q&A: President Jason Newmark on CDS, MACRA, Analytics and More

AHRA’s annual meeting was held in Nashville, Tenn., in 2016, but this year, it’s trading in cowboy boots and country music for sunshine and that cartoon mouse with the famous laugh. AHRA President Jason Newmark, CRA, took a break from making final preparations for AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, Calif., to speak about some of the biggest issues impacting both the present and future of radiology.

ACR takes leading role with creation of AI institute

The American College of Radiology announced the formation of the Data Science Institute (DSI), an inter-disciplinary organization aiming to guide the implementation of artificial intelligence tools in radiology.

Low-cost reporting system can improve interdepartmental communication

Researchers from the department of radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center tracked improvements after implementing an image quality reporting system in their clinical practice. The PACS-integrated software allowed radiologists to quickly and easily fill out incident reports for a variety of issues, including missing images, incomplete documentation and labeling, and problems with the image library.

Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Willis on Radiology-TEACHES program

Students at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are gaining access to a new educational resource called Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation), which aims to give students more in-depth knowledge about medical imaging tests.

Penn implements automated follow-up tracker to impressive results

Ensuring patients receive appropriate follow-up imaging after suspicious findings on mammography or other cancer screening is notoriously difficult: about one-third of US women who are surgically treated for breast cancer never undergo their follow-up, slipping through the cracks. Faculty and researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recognized the need for a reliable monitoring system to guarantee patients receive their clinically-indicated follow-up, creating an automated recommendation-tracking program to identify patients with suspicious lesions on abdominal organs and notify the appropriate care providers.

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