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Annie Nilsson is used to medical bills. Her 3-year-old daughter, Elodie Fowler, has had just about every test one can get, all in the hopes of better treating the little girl’s rare genetic condition. But a recent MRI from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, led to a bill for $23,795.47—shocking a family plenty familiar with the costs associated with healthcare.

Targeting and eliminating unnecessary care has become increasingly important in radiology as the industry has dedicated more and more resources to cutting costs and improving quality. According to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, determining clinician characteristics associated with low-value imaging is a step toward reducing such imaging, which saves patients from receiving services they don’t need and helps keep costs down.

Though most hyperattenuating renal lesions are detected using CT, a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology suggests that ultrasound also proves useful in identifying those specific lesions.

For a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology, more than 1,600 patients completed a survey about their personal preferences when it comes to selecting a breast imaging center. The authors then used that data to separate patients into four distinct categories: convenience optimizers, ambivalent patients, medical center seekers and expertise seekers.

Radiology trainees who studied fine art early on in their residency saw a significant improvement in their ability to localize imaging abnormalities, according to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 

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Family’s $25K MRI prompts journalist to start database of ER bills

Annie Nilsson is used to medical bills. Her 3-year-old daughter, Elodie Fowler, has had just about every test one can get, all in the hopes of better treating the little girl’s rare genetic condition. But a recent MRI from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, led to a bill for $23,795.47—shocking a family plenty familiar with the costs associated with healthcare.

ACR appropriateness guidelines revised, expanded

The American College of Radiology has updated its guidelines on imaging appropriateness for hundreds of diagnostic, interventional and radiation-oncology scenarios. This latest edition of ACR Appropriateness Criteria covers several topics new to the digital publication, including suspected thoracic aortic aneurysm, tinnitus and radiologic management of central venous access.

Research reveals 2 key clinician-level predictors of low-value imaging

Targeting and eliminating unnecessary care has become increasingly important in radiology as the industry has dedicated more and more resources to cutting costs and improving quality. According to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, determining clinician characteristics associated with low-value imaging is a step toward reducing such imaging, which saves patients from receiving services they don’t need and helps keep costs down.

Acceleration-selective arterial spin labeling MR angiography tops TOF MR in visualization of distal cerebral arteries, collateral vessels

Acceleration-selective arterial spin-labeling MR angiography provides superior visualization of distal cerebral arteries and collateral vessels in patients with Moyamoya disease than is possible with time-of-flight (TOF) magnetic resonance (MR) angiography, according to a new study.

Ultrasound useful in further IDing hyperattenuating renal lesions

Though most hyperattenuating renal lesions are detected using CT, a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology suggests that ultrasound also proves useful in identifying those specific lesions.

4 patient categories all breast imaging providers should know

For a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology, more than 1,600 patients completed a survey about their personal preferences when it comes to selecting a breast imaging center. The authors then used that data to separate patients into four distinct categories: convenience optimizers, ambivalent patients, medical center seekers and expertise seekers.

Can studying fine art make you a better radiologist?

Radiology trainees who studied fine art early on in their residency saw a significant improvement in their ability to localize imaging abnormalities, according to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Radiology Is Too Impersonal Now and It’s Hurting Patient Care

I still vividly remember the protocol for a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis from 1993. “Give two cups of barium to drink one hour prior to scanning, two cups 30 minutes prior to scanning and one cup on the table just before scanning,” it read. “Parameters included 5-mm scans with a 1.5-mm pitch helically, from domes of the diaphragm to the iliac crest with axial images through the pelvis.” These were the notes handwritten by our chief radiologist for each and every patient requiring the protocol. There were never any shortcuts taken or shorthand used; each protocol was painstakingly written.

AHRA names keynote speaker for 2017 Virtual Fall Conference

AHRA has announced that Jake Poore, a public speaker who specializes in helping healthcare clients provide high-quality patient experiences, will be the keynote speaker for its 2017 Virtual Fall Conference. The conference runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 10.

ACR announces new education committee to focus on patient engagement, experience

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Tuesday that its ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care had added a new education committee, which will work to encourage industry professionals to emphasize patient engagement, patient experience and patient satisfaction.

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