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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

AI doesn’t stand for ‘annex imaging’—but could that day come?

Jason Kelly, MD, who practices in Denver, predicted the eventual demise of his profession at the hands of IBM’s Watson and its artificial-intelligence kin.

Hard-working ultrasound techs continue to suffer with musculoskeletal issues

A new survey of nearly 300 ultrasound technologists in Sweden has shown that, despite the dissemination of pain-prevention guidelines developed in the U.S. more than a decade ago, neck and upper extremity pain remains widespread among practitioners of the profession. 

Researchers overseas emphasize importance of improving availability of radiology

With demand for imaging on the rise, researchers from St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, evaluated how much the time to completion of imaging examinations can influence patient length of stay and hospital costs. Writing about its findings for Clinical Radiology, the team said it found that delays for patients undergoing MRI, ultrasound and CT inpatient imaging are associated with longer lengths of stay for those patients. In addition, some delays directly lead to increased hospital costs. 

Q&A: Christoph Lee on the relationship between patients and their online radiology reports

A recent study showed more than half of all patients with access to at least one online radiology report viewed it online. Lead author Christoph Lee, MD, MSHS, spoke to Radiology Business about his team’s research and why it is so important for patients to have online access to their own reports.

Q&A: Ricardo Otazo, Daniel Sodickson on their research to reduce the radiation dose of CT scans

Ricardo Otazo, PhD, and Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD, of the NYU Langone Medical Center department of radiology, were recently awarded a grant of approximately $3 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work toward reducing the radiation dose of CT scans by as much as 90 percent. Otazo and Sodickson both spoke with Radiology Business over the phone to provide some insight into their research.

Study finds low overall discrepancy rate between residents, attending radiologists

Academic radiology departments have traditionally asked trainees to provide after-hours interpretations, with an attending radiologists confirming the findings the following morning. But concerns over quality have led some facilities to employ attending radiologists around the clock. 

Q&A: David M. Yousem on updating the peer review process

David M. Yousem, MD, MBA, Yousem and other specialists worked with the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center to develop a new peer review system, Advanced Peer Review. Yousem spoke with Radiology Business about Advanced Peer Review and how it has changed his colleagues’ opinions on peer review in general. 

Hologic tops rankings of U.S. mammography providers

According to recent market research, Hologic ranked as the top mammography provider in the U.S. with 96 percent of customers reporting the imaging systems are worth the investment.

Improved DBNs and Assessments: Necessary, Not Nice to Have

The radiology community has an opportunity to raise the bar on patient care

Judgment Upgrade: Improving Forecasting Techniques

A recent report on best practices in forecasting has the potential for long-range positive impact in many fields, including medical research and the development and operation of healthcare provider organizations.

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