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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

How We Do It: Baptist Health South Florida Lung Nodule Clinic

Baptist Health South Florida, a six-hospital system in South Florida, implemented a multidisciplinary low-dose CT lung cancer screening program in July of 2014, spearheaded by 72-radiologist practice Radiology Associates of South Florida, Miami, and Juan Batlle, MD, director of the program.

Lung Cancer Screening: Report from the Field

A review of lung cancer screening programs from East to West reveals the trials and tribulations of population health management.

A majority of patients used online access to view radiology reports

As web portals become a bigger part of our healthcare system, are patients taking advantage of that access? According to a recent study published in Academic Radiology, a majority of patients given access to online radiology reports did view them.

ACR statement on VA advanced practice nurses proposed rule

The American College of Radiology supports the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to address the challenges that exist within its health system but draws the line with the VA proposal that would allow advanced practice nurses to practice independently of a physician’s clinical oversight, regardless of individual state law, stating that the change could lower the quality of care for veterans. 

Updates announced for ACR Appropriateness Criteria

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced this week that it has released numerous updates to its ACR Appropriateness Criteria guidelines. 

Time to take a hard swing at the ‘wall of silence’ surrounding medical error

In early May, a Johns Hopkins study showed medical error to be the third leading cause of death in the country. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's response was not just candid but courageous.

5 ways to combat the sedentary nature of radiology and improve your health

Radiologists spend a significant portion of their workday sitting down, exposing them to health risks such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. According to a new analysis published by the American Journal of Roentgenology, even individuals who are active outside of work are at risk of being affected negatively by radiology’s sedentary nature. 

4 recommendations for improving the use of QI methodologies in radiology

The Lean and Six Sigma quality improvement (QI) methodologies are useful, but according to the Journal of the American College of Radiology, more high-quality studies are needed for radiology departments to get the most benefit out of using them. 

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission launches new QI tool

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announced this week the launch of its IAC Self-Assessment Tool, which helps facilities meet quality measures required by the IAC’s various diagnostic imaging accreditation programs. 

How DBT is impacting BI-RADS assessments: 4 key takeaways

Over time, the addition of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been found to have a significant impact on a case’s Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) final assessment, according to a recent study published in Radiology.

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