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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

3 key takeaways from David C. Kushner’s ACR presidential address

David C. Kushner, MD, served as the 2015-2016 president of the American College of Radiology, and his 2016 presidential address about patient- and family-centered care has now been published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology

Harvard Medical School launches Library of Evidence to help clinicians order imaging exams

Harvard Medical School (HMS) announced this week it is launching Library of Evidence, a free online resource that helps clinicians order appropriate imaging tests. 

While peer-review systems lack efficiency, QA databases can have big impact

The peer-review systems radiologists use today take up too way too much time, according to a recent editorial published in Academic Radiology. Implementing an active quality assurance (QA) database, on the other hand, can be significantly beneficial for any radiology department. 

Radiology call center reduces ED visits, makes primary care physicians happy

1-800 Imaging is a pilot program developed in Canada to help connect primary care physicians (PCPs) with radiologists and help decrease the use emergency departments (EDs). Heidi Schmidt, MD, department of medical imaging at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues wrote about the program’s success for the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithms can reduce radiation dose for young patients

According to a recent study published by Clinical Radiology, using adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) and low tube voltage (kV) during non-contrast pediatric cranial computed tomography (cCT) can reduce radiation dose by a significant amount.

3 ways to reduce overuse injury in sonographers

Sonography has become a daily tool for hospitals and imaging centers; it’s inexpensive, relatively quick and the radiation is non-ionizing. However, this growing utilization has increased the workload for individual sonographers, resulting in widespread overuse injuries—as many as 90 percent of sonographers image in pain, according to a 2009 study.

Improved communication helps radiologists comply with CF protocol ... for a while

Improving communication with radiologists related to critical findings (CFs) has a positive impact on compliance, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. After time, however, the influence of that communication appears to fade.

6 steps any radiology resident can take toward a rewarding ‘mini-fellowship’

Fourth-year radiology residents have options as to which areas of interest they’d like to sample prior to diving into the depths of their respective medical careers. Many use this time to boost their proficiency in radiology subspecialties. 

How We Do It: Volumetric Imaging in Pediatric Radiology

Since its very first days as a small pediatric hospital in Arizona, Phoenix Children’s has fostered a culture of ingenuity and invention.

Managing Quality and Priorities in a Value-based World

Radiology is beginning the painstaking job of measuring, managing and demonstrating value

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