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If preoperative MR imaging reveals the presence of peritumoral edema in a patient with invasive breast cancer, it could be a sign of disease recurrence later on, according to new research published in Radiology.

Before artificial intelligence entered the picture, the biggest topic in radiology was the industry’s ongoing shift from volume-based care to value-based care. And from time to time, I’ll notice a particular story, statement or study that reminds me of that shift—an example of radiologists going that extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their patients—and think, “now that is what people had in mind when they talked about demonstrating real value.”

CT-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNA-Bs) have a higher sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy than PET-CT when imaging pulmonary nodules 8 mm or smaller, according to a new study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Screening programs give radiologists a chance to interact directly with patients, demonstrating their value to the entire healthcare enterprise. Researchers from Weill Cornell Imaging at New York-Presbyterian in New York City, for instance, implemented a CT-based lung cancer screening program at their own institution and wrote about their experience in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

As electronic health records (EHRs), interoperability and value-based care have grown more important in healthcare, an increasing number of providers are tasking IT departments with developing, implementing and managing complex enterprise imaging (EI) strategies. And one of the biggest components of any EI strategy is its ability to properly store the massive amounts of data the provider produces on a daily basis.

 

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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.

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. 

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