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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.

Twitter can benefit interventional radiology through the sharing of information and by building communities, according to a recent article in Journal of the American College of Radiology

The power of social media has been accredited to reducing knowledge gaps, building communities, contributing to social movements and connecting individuals personally and professionally. But the online networking tools may be lacking in disseminating additional information that is vital to public knowledge.   

The large difference between learning about something and applying it to real-world situations is a truth that extends to high-risk profession of medicine. Experts say that medical undergraduate education lacks in simulation-based curriculum and is behind other professions that are risky in nature.

A study recently published by Journal of the American College of Radiology reveals promise through a trend of increased definitive reporting, while also calling for further education and training in reporting for radiologists.

 

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EDs see drastic increase in advanced imaging since 1995

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found the use of advanced imaging in emergency departments (EDs) grew considerably over the past two decades, largely due to an aging population, crowded EDs and expanded indications for computed tomography (CT).

MRI study links weight loss, slowed degeneration of knee cartilage

Researchers, using MRI on overweight and obese patients, found that individuals who lost a significant amount of weight over a four-year period showed significantly less degeneration of their knee cartilage.

OSU rads use Six Sigma to streamline IR scheduling

A Six Sigma intervention at an academic interventional radiology (IR) department can be used as a template to streamline scheduling across other specialties, according to a Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) study.

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.

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