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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.

 

Recent Headlines

RSNA 2016: How to improve quality by leveraging your IT department

Paul J. Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago, began his presentation Monday morning at RSNA 2016 by saying his goal was to upset “everyone in the room” with his opinions on quality and IT. He said this with a smile, of course, but he did go on to speak about quality in different terms than radiologists are used to hearing. 

RSNA 2016: Driving value through imaging

Radiologists have had an enormous impact on the field of medicine over the last 30 years. In order to maintain that influence, radiologist must focus on providing value-based care. 

You don’t have to spend a lot on QI to get a lot back

For the 30 radiologists who staff the medical imaging department at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the heart of continuous quality improvement lies nearly hidden away in a previously untapped vein of “latent learning” opportunities.

Come Together: Alignment Models Proliferate in Radiology

The highly fragmented sector of radiology practice is experimenting with confederation models to remain competitive with national radiology services providers

Radiology 100 Demonstrates Dynamic Market

As radiology groups prepare for value-driven medicine, growth continues to be a strategy

The Ever-expanding Role of the Radiologist

Journalism, public relations, and marketing: Today’s specialists are expected to do it all

ED providers lack knowledge about patient rad dose

Emergency department (ED) care providers at all levels may lack knowledge about ionizing radiation exposure, according to an Emory University study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Providers struggled with ionizing versus non-ionizing modalities and discussing dose with patients, signifying an opportunity for radiologists to aid in closing these knowledge gaps. A questionnaire was sent out to a five-hospital system to assess ionizing radiation expertise among ED physicians, residents and mid-level providers such as nurse practitioners and physicians assistants.

Do image-rich radiology reports create value?

Referring physicians and radiologists both see significant value in the use of image-rich radiology reports (IRRRs), according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Is it time for imaging leaders to make such reports the new standard? 

Updated templates help imaging center improve breast MRI report quality

Quality is now the name of the game in radiology, and according to a recent case study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, one way to increase the overall quality of patient care is standardizing templates to be used for all breast MRI reports. 

Point-of-care reference material increases ED compliance with societal guidelines

In theory, compliance with societal guidelines should result in improved patient care and cost savings. But what if compliance is low? According to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, one way to increase guideline compliance is providing specialists with point-of-care decision support reference materials.

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