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Radiologists are always looking for new ways to improve screening mammography utilization among their patients. According to a new study published by Academic Radiology, one way to produce an uptick in utilization is by ensuring patients have a strong relationship with their primary care physician and are satisfied with the quality of care they receive.

Millennials aren't the only ones becoming increasingly advanced with using social media; to the surprise of many, radiologists are also among them.

Radiologists have been working to improve radiology reports in recent years so that they can provide more value and bring significant improvements to patient care. Monday, Nov. 27, at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Tarik Alkasab, MD, PhD, radiology service chief of informatics and IT at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told attendees about the many benefits of building data-enabled radiology reports for referring physicians.

One way many healthcare providers have reacted to today’s era of value-based care is by working to improve day-to-day communication between radiologists and referring physicians. Monday, Nov. 27, at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, Andrew B. Rosenkrantz, MD, MPA, of the department of radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, shared a number of ways specialists at his institution are working to ensure they provide physicians with the information they need, exactly when they need it.

Educating radiology residents and radiographers about radiation exposure for one hour can reduce the dose area product (DAP) in their fluoroscopy examinations, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology.

 

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Cardiac Imagers: Pay Attention to Clinical Trials

The cardiac-imaging community, indeed any imaging community, should pay close attention to clinical trials. Why? The results of the trial will determine the rationale for imaging. The rationale will determine reimbursement, reimbursement will influence demand, and demand will affect supply. This is the new economics of imaging.

Huge Effort and Extraordinary Results: Interventional Radiology’s Official Recognition

Marshall HicksAfter countless hours and almost 10 years of Herculean effort from Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) members and the American Board of Radiology (ABR), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)—the organization that oversees the 24 recognized medical-specialty boards—approved the ABR’s application for a dual primary certificate in interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology.

From Bad to Great: How One Radiology Department Made the Transition

Until a short time ago, Advocate Condell Medical Center (ACMC) in Libertyville, Illinois, was in the bottom quartile in customer satisfaction. Its growth was stunted, at best, and annual losses of $50 million had become the norm. The radiology department was a shambles.

Meeting Radiology’s Consumer Mandate: Increasing Patient Convenience

Increasingly, imaging leaders are observing changes in patients’ behavior. Schedulers are fielding questions about the cost of procedures, while front-office staff, technologists, and even radiologists are being called upon to deliver greater levels of service—spending more time with patients, alleviating concerns, and explaining procedures.

Quality: The ACR Perspective

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, chair of the ACR® Commission on Economics, explores the difference between ACR and payor positions on quality.

Waste Not, Want Not: Inside the Virginia Mason Production System

A decade ago, the executive team of Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center (VMHMC) in Seattle, Washington, flew to Japan for training in the Toyota Production System (TPS), a continuous–process-improvement method pioneered by the automobile manufacturer. Lucy Glenn, MD, chair of VMHMC’s radiology department, says, “We began to understand how

California’s Dose Puzzle Is Radiology’s Challenge

The imaging informaticists, physicists, physicians, and vendors’ representatives who gathered at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine regional meeting, Practical Imaging Informatics, in Long Beach, California, on March 22, 2012, didn’t arrive in covered wagons, but they did have much in common with the state’s pioneer settlers. On

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