Quality

The current generation of medical students are closing a well-established gender gap, but radiology still ranks 11th on women’s preferred specialty lists, while it falls fifth on men’s, researchers have reported in Academic Radiology.
May 21, 2018 | Quality
As radiologists continue to embrace a more tech-savvy generation of medical students, adapt to life alongside artificial intelligence (AI) and churn out practice-changing studies, just one thing is missing, according to researchers in the Journal of the American College of Radiology: more women.
May 21, 2018 | Quality
Seeking second-opinion interpretations of breast imaging studies in patients not presently diagnosed with breast cancer can provide significant value, according to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
May 18, 2018 | Quality
Updating hospital protocols can reduce the frequency of oversedation events during invasive radiology procedures, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
May 18, 2018 | Quality
Swapping traditional paper checklists for digital alternatives could cut the time physicists and dosimetrists spend on quality assurance (QA) within radiation therapy, researchers have reported in Practical Radiology Oncology. But it’s still unclear whether an electronic approach will really improve patient safety or quality of care.
May 17, 2018 | Quality
Physician burnout has a lot to do with democracy, Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month—and radiologists should be following the lead of the American College of Radiology (ACR) to combat it.
May 16, 2018 | Quality
Reporting safety concerns in radiology is a practice that’s been growing in the U.S. alongside increasing awareness of incident learning systems. It’s also one that’s prompting physicians to look into where—and how often—safety hazards are appearing in daily practice.
May 15, 2018 | Leadership
Radiology department employees are expected to report safety concerns, ensuring that their patients are cared for in the safest environment possible. However, according to a new study published in Radiology, employees don’t always report such issues.
May 15, 2018 | Quality
Most women with extremely dense breasts who decline the invitation to receive supplemental MRI after a negative mammogram do so because of “MRI-related inconveniences” or anxiety, according to a new study published by Clinical Radiology.
May 14, 2018 | Imaging Informatics
Granting radiology patients access to online patient portals is growing transparency in the field, Atlanta radiologist Nadja Kadom, MD, and colleagues have reported in the Journal of the American College of Radiology—but a lack of health literacy across the country is compromising the success of such an idea.
May 14, 2018 | Quality
Nerves before an MRI are normal—up to 37 percent of patients report either moderate or high levels of anxiety leading up to an exam—and this apprehension can have physical consequences that render an entire scanning experience useless, first author J.R. Tugwell and colleagues wrote in Radiography this month.
May 11, 2018 | Quality
Around 3 percent of radiology patients miss pre-scheduled imaging appointments at any given time, researchers out of the University of Washington report in the Journal of the American College of Radiology—but mammography and ultrasound see no-show rates more than double that.
May 11, 2018 | Policy
Medical device recalls increased 126 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Stericycle Expert Solutions. More than 208 million units were included in 343 separate recalls. The average recall affected 607,000 units.
May 11, 2018 | Quality
Medical students today are largely unprepared for standard radiologic interpretation as interns, according to research published in Academic Radiology this May. That lack of knowledge could be costing U.S. healthcare.
May 10, 2018 | Imaging Informatics
Creating a specific report template for chest CT angiographic (CTA) examinations for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) helps radiologists provide clinicians with more information, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
May 10, 2018 | Imaging Informatics
In today’s era of quality over quantity, it’s important for radiologists to demonstrate their value by delivering high-quality radiology reports to clinicians. In some specialties, however, the clinicians don’t always necessarily view the full radiology reports or the images that accompany the reports.
May 09, 2018 | Quality
To reduce healthcare costs and improve radiologist job satisfaction, clinicians at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine are proposing a new role akin to the physician’s assistant: a radiology extender.
May 08, 2018 | Policy
California’s breast density law is scheduled to expire in January 2019. To gauge the feelings of people most affected by this possible expiration, Are You Dense and Are You Dense Advocacy surveyed more than 500 women between the ages of 40 and 74 who live in California and have had a mammogram within the last two years.
May 07, 2018 | Quality
Putting together a radiology elective that takes post-grads overseas for global outreach is a complex process, but it’s well worth the skills gained in confronting unfamiliar medical situations and learning to practice in resource-limited environments, according to a team of radiologists from across the country.
May 07, 2018 | Quality
Radiology residents and medical students alike are driven more by fulfilling careers, work-life balance and interest in their specialty than financial aspirations or the job market itself, according to a Journal of the American College of Radiology-published study, suggesting trainees select a medical path based more on social and intrinsic motivations and less on external successes.
May 04, 2018 | Policy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Medical Association (AMA) recommend that patient education resources be written between a third- and seventh-grade reading level to ensure a maximum number of patients can comprehend the information.