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Johns Hopkins University researchers found in a recent study that adding 99mTc-setamibi SPECT/CT, a noninvasive imaging test, to CT or MRI increases accuracy in classifying kidney tumor.

Establishing concrete protocols for logging unanticipated events in MRI can help imaging practices establish internal performance benchmarks and make data-driven decisions on resource allocation, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

A new system accurately identifying the subspecialties of practicing radiologists using Medicare data represents a considerable improvement over the system in place, which only differentiates between diagnostic radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and interventional radiologists.

When it comes to patients rating satisfaction with the performance of U.S. radiologists, results came in as favorable, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and supported by research grants from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

As more and more of the healthcare industry focuses on value-based care, providers should be paying more attention to physician reviews and patient satisfaction surveys than ever before. What upsets patients? What makes them want to return to your practice if they need additional care in the future? Knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between steady growth for your practice and significant losses. 

 

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Combining conventional imaging, noninvasive imaging test improves kidney tumor classification

Johns Hopkins University researchers found in a recent study that adding 99mTc-setamibi SPECT/CT, a noninvasive imaging test, to CT or MRI increases accuracy in classifying kidney tumor.

Researchers assess reduction in radiotherapy in children with brain tumors

A group of researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children who were part of a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of reduced radiotherapy had less successful results when there were deviations from the treatment protocol. 

Unanticipated event tracking can help imaging practices ID areas of concern

Establishing concrete protocols for logging unanticipated events in MRI can help imaging practices establish internal performance benchmarks and make data-driven decisions on resource allocation, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Report: Cancer deaths decline for all racial groups in last 40 years

According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, overall death rates related to cancer have decreased in men, women and children for all major racial and ethnic groups between 1975 and 2014.

FDA initiative develops informational video to prep for inspections

As part of the FDA’s Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) Initiative, the Division of Mammography Quality Standards (DMQS) developed another tool to benefit facilties by enhancing their understanding of what inspectors will be looking for and not looking for with the new EQUIP questions.

New system improves on CMS subspecialty classification, carries potential in transition to performance-based payments

A new system accurately identifying the subspecialties of practicing radiologists using Medicare data represents a considerable improvement over the system in place, which only differentiates between diagnostic radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and interventional radiologists.

GE Healthcare launches gadolinium-based contrast agent

GE Healthcare recently announced its launch of Clariscan (gadoteric acid), a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) designed to support effective visualization of abnormalities in the brain, spine and associated tissues.

In era of value-based care, specialists must pay close attention to patient surveys, satisfaction scores

As more and more of the healthcare industry focuses on value-based care, providers should be paying more attention to physician reviews and patient satisfaction surveys than ever before. What upsets patients? What makes them want to return to your practice if they need additional care in the future? Knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between steady growth for your practice and significant losses. 

From paper to electronic: One hospital's success story

With a manual process in place to record measurements into a patient’s report, the productivity of Florida Hospital’s team of radiologists was being negatively impacted.

AJR satisfaction survey: Patients give thumbs-up to U.S. radiologists

When it comes to patients rating satisfaction with the performance of U.S. radiologists, results came in as favorable, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and supported by research grants from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

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