It’s no secret that radiology is rapidly changing, with more and more focus being put on defining and demonstrating value. The good news for radiologists, according to a recent study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology, is that patients value their assessment of images over interpreters who aren’t radiologists. Some patients are even willing to pay for a one-on-one meeting. 

The AHRA 2016 Virtual Fall Conference begins Oct. 14, with virtual sessions available to attendees on demand for two full weeks. One session available on demand will be “The 3 Competencies: Building a Successful Imaging Project with Patient Care in Mind,” presented by Cathy Dolan-Schweitzer, MA, the president of Health Well Done in Yonkers, New York. 

Contrary to some conventional concerns, MRI scans in the first trimester of pregnancy appear safe for both mothers and their fetuses, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, exposure to gadolinium of any kind, including in MRI, came with an increased risk of adverse effects to the child after birth. 

The Radiology Business Management Association’s 2016 Fall Educational Conference takes place Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. Christie D. James, MS, co-chair of the RBMA Programs Committee and secretary of the RBMA Board of Directors, spoke to Radiology Business via telephone about the conference, highlighting just some of the resources and activities that will be available.

Researchers from the University of Belgrade in Serbia suggested an urgent need for improved radiation safety and training in wake of studies indicating that half of interventional radiologists have the beginnings of cataracts.

More than three million individuals in the U.S. live with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). But what happens when one of them need an MRI? Is it safe? 

In theory, compliance with societal guidelines should result in improved patient care and cost savings. But what if compliance is low? According to a new study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, one way to increase guideline compliance is providing specialists with point-of-care decision support reference materials.

California-based radiology practice Radiology Partners (RP) has created internal physician boards to drive improvement and allow the appointed MDs greater input on nationwide support functions. The boards will focus on human resources, radiology service coordinators, and RP’s physician leadership curriculum.

Radiology is one of the cornerstones of modern healthcare, but according to a new analysis published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology, machine learning could potentially end the specialty as we know it within the next decade. 

David C. Kushner, MD, served as the 2015-2016 president of the American College of Radiology, and his 2016 presidential address about patient- and family-centered care has now been published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

A University of Western Australia study has shown that ultrasound is a cost- and time-effective follow-up for women under 50 who’ve had an MRI screening for breast cancer.

Changes to the worldwide supply chain of molybdenum-99 could lead to drastic shortages of a nuclear medicine tracer over the next 18 months, according to a U.S. National Academy of Sciences report. The National Research Universal reactor in Ontario will shut down at the end of October, and while global supply will be “adequate," the reports judges a 50 percent chance of a substantial shortage until other suppliers complete upgrades.