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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., but screening rates for the disease continue to be lower than those for both breast and cervical cancers, Courtney C. Moreno, MD, and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine reported this month. Colorectal cancer was projected to cause at least 50,000 deaths in the U.S. alone last year, but screening rates top out at 62.4 percent.

A lead-tip angle of 70 degrees has been established as CT pacemaker imaging’s “magic angle,” according to research published in Academic Radiology this month.

Fatigue is a real issue in radiology and affects diagnostic accuracy, according to a new systematic review of the subject published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Silent alternatives to conventional MRI scans are showing promising results, but reducing noise in MR angiograms (MRAs) is proving a more difficult task, a team of Stanford University scientists reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology this week.

After a negative mammogram, additional ultrasound for patients experiencing breast pain is unlikely to provide value, according to a study published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. If additional symptoms are present, however, ultrasound may be worth considering.

 

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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. 

From paper to electronic: One hospital's success story

With a manual process in place to record measurements into a patient’s report, the productivity of Florida Hospital’s team of radiologists was being negatively impacted.

AJR satisfaction survey: Patients give thumbs-up to U.S. radiologists

When it comes to patients rating satisfaction with the performance of U.S. radiologists, results came in as favorable, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and supported by research grants from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

JACR: Availability of lactation facilities in radiology workforce

In an effort to gather data in regards to the availability of lactation facilities in the radiology workforce, the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Human Resources conducted an electronic survey.

Siemens Healthineers expands medical imaging learning modules

A thousand new learning modules for medical imaging have been added to Siemens Healthineers PEPconnect (Personalized Education Plan), expanding opportunities for physicians and medical technology assistants to learn.

Which radiology training is best for contrast management reactions, teamwork skills?

A group of researchers set out to assess the performance of high fidelity hands-on (HO) and computer-based (CB) stimulation training for contrast reaction (CR) management and teamwork skills (TS) of interprofessional teams of radiologists and medical staff.

RSNA 2016: Do radiologists fall victim to gambler's fallacy?

All radiologists are familiar with the justification process for individual scans, weighing the risk of the dose versus the benefits of the imaging. However, modern-day radiologists may be placing too much weight on dose history, according to an RSNA 2016 presentation by Colin Walsh, MSc, a medical physicist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

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