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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Hope Is Not a Strategy

As the changes in healthcare accelerate, many radiology groups are operating without an agreed upon plan to cope with external pressures and improve the performance of their organization. It appears that, for many groups, hope is their strategy.

The Antidote for Low Physician Morale

More than half of all physicians are suffering low morale

Tracking Outcomes, Protecting Patients: Structured Reporting With Automated Notification

Two radiology departments have deployed automated tracking systems: one solves the critical results reporting problem and the other takes on management of unexpected findings

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.

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