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Now that patients want to play a more hands-on role in their own healthcare, the quality of radiology reports has never been more important. In a new analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, the authors highlighted current reporting standards and emerging best practices with special emphasis placed on patient-centric concepts in radiology reporting.

In the last decade, radiation exposure and patient dose has decreased in cardiology, according to trends analyzed and evaluated in a recent article published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  

Radiologists may want to invest in cloud-based image sharing software for departmental workflow purposes. New research in the American College of Radiology showed high efficacy of cloud-based image sharing in a mammography department.

A recent study in the American College of Radiology aimed to assess spending patterns on high-cost imaging during the final three months of life.

Cheryl Petersilge, MD, MBA, with the department of regional radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, examined enterprise imaging—and how radiologists must integrate and collaborate with other departments. Her clinical perspective clinical perspective was published online in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

 

Recent Headlines

Pokémon, phone home for healthcare

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with drivers distracted by texting—other drivers, of course, never ever you or me—now comes Pokémon Go to engross both drivers and walkers, including millions of children. 

New brain map more than doubles its defined areas

Imaging technology can be important for more than diagnosing or treating individuals—a new study published in the journal Nature shows the abilities of MRIs to facilitate new discoveries about the human body.

 
Interpretations of dense breasts can vary among rads, study says

A woman who has a mammogram that shows she has dense breasts—more tissue than normal—is usually considered to be at a higher risk of breast cancer than other women. The denser tissue makes it harder for radiologists to detect breast cancer in mammograms. The extra tissue itself is another risk factor.

 
Using radioguided sentinel lymph node biopsies could improve estimation of disease severity in papillary thyroid carcinoma

A new imaging method could help physicians detect serious types of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) more accurately, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery.

 
Adding PET scans to guided biopsies can improve prostate cancer detection

new study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine asserts that a new method of prostate cancer imaging can make guided biopsies more precise and general understanding of the cancer clearer.

California hospital expands imaging fleet

Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calififornia, expanded its imaging capabilities by 11 portable machines, the hospital announced July 13.

 
Cerebral microbleeds in MS, CIS patients associated with greater disability

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) are likelier to have cognitive and physical disabilities associated with their diseases if they also show a stronger presence of cerebral microbleeds, according to a new study in the journal Radiology.

 
Enterprise Imaging Roundtable: Goals and Strategy

Four leaders in imaging informatics discuss enterprise imaging goals and strategies at their respective institutions.

Dotting the i's and crossing the t's: Improving the quality of RIS information

When patient information transcribed into a facility’s radiology information system (RIS) is inaccurate or incomplete, it can have a negative impact on both patient care and workflow. According to a recent study, institutions can significantly improve the quality of information provided to radiologists on image requisitions through education and the implementation of a thorough checklist.

Indiana hospital implements eRAD PACS

eRAD, a subsidiary of RadNet, announced this week that Pinnacle Hospital in Crown Point, Ind., has implemented eRAD’s PACS technology at its facility.

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