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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., but screening rates for the disease continue to be lower than those for both breast and cervical cancers, Courtney C. Moreno, MD, and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine reported this month. Colorectal cancer was projected to cause at least 50,000 deaths in the U.S. alone last year, but screening rates top out at 62.4 percent.

A lead-tip angle of 70 degrees has been established as CT pacemaker imaging’s “magic angle,” according to research published in Academic Radiology this month.

Fatigue is a real issue in radiology and affects diagnostic accuracy, according to a new systematic review of the subject published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Silent alternatives to conventional MRI scans are showing promising results, but reducing noise in MR angiograms (MRAs) is proving a more difficult task, a team of Stanford University scientists reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology this week.

After a negative mammogram, additional ultrasound for patients experiencing breast pain is unlikely to provide value, according to a study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. If additional symptoms are present, however, ultrasound may be worth considering.

 

Recent Headlines

ACR debuts 'turnkey' PQI project in value-based radiology

The ACR has added the Value-Based Radiology Project to its portfolio of practice quality improvement (PQI) projects, enabling radiologists to satisfy their MOC Part 4 requirement while demonstrating their value as member of the healthcare team.

QIBA to publish small nodule CT volumetry profile for use in lung cancer screening

With the endorsement of low-dose CT (LDCT) screening for lung cancer in high-risk individuals by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, as well as the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve Medicare coverage of the test, it is clear that LDCT lung cancer screening will become widespread.

Defensive medicine drives ED physician imaging overutilization

Emergency room doctors are ordering CT and MRI exams that may be unnecessary because of fears of malpractice lawsuits, according to an article in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.

 

Patients want, expect more information about radiation

Despite increasing concerns about ionizing medical radiation and medical imaging, as well as numerous reports in the media over the last several years on the subject, a study in the journal Radiology has found that benefit/risk discussions about ionizing radiation from imaging are few and far between and seldom initiated by clinicians.

NLP scans free-text reports to track colonoscopy quality

Natural language processing can be used to track the quality of colonoscopies and to determine the appropriate intervals between procedures, according to a study carried out by researchers at the Regenstreif Institute in Indianapolis.

Study finds link between technologist and radiologist performance in mammography

The performance of a radiologist when interpreting screening mammography varies according to which mammographic technologist performs the examination, according to a study in March issue of Academic Radiology.

CMS approves ACR lung cancer registry

One of the criteria for providers of lung cancer screening for Medicare patients is that they submit data to a CMS-approved registry for each lung-cancer screening study performed: The ACR Lung Cancer Screening registry just became the first CMS-approved registry for providers of this service.

Structured for Success: The RSNA Radiology Reporting Initiative

To understand why the future of radiology is in reporting that is both structured and template-based, look to the earliest days of the profession.

Radiology’s Burning Platform

There’s a fire down below, and it’s not global warming

RSNA’s template library brings crowdsourcing to bear on structured reporting

RSNA, CHICAGO—The numbers tell the story of the early successes of RSNA’s radiology reporting initiative: 268 report templates available in the RadReport.org library, including a handful in such languages as Turkish and Chinese—and more than 106 million views and downloads of templates to help radiologists around the world improve their reporting practices.

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