Care Delivery

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) looked at how a redesigned phone system for interaction with patients and referring physicians can improve patient experience, quality of care and satisfaction.

A recent study in Academic Radiology explored various screening strategies using automated whole-breast ultrasound (ABUS) to determine a preferred method for treating patients who either have dense breasts or are at high risk of breast cancer. The authors found that a combination of ABUS and screening mammography was more effective than mammography on its own, and screening ultrasound alone “is also an effective screening strategy.”

Seeing is believing—at least when it comes to smokers who undergo CT scans of their lungs. Those who do are more likely to quit, according to research from a number of U.K. universities.

Once considered some of the most contractually stable and fiscally secure practitioners in all of U.S. medicine, radiologists are today concerned about their very future—and more than a few are right to be worried. From nosediving reimbursement to successive consolidation, from constantly expanding technologies to fitfully pinballing policymaking, the pressures have been varied and unrelenting for years now. What’s more, the pace of change is even now only accelerating. How best to rise to this moment with realistic hopes of emerging stronger than ever?

Numerous sessions at AHRA 2017 in Anaheim, California, have focues on topics such as clinical decision support, patient-centered care and leadership. Only one session, however, gave attendees a sneak peek at what it’s like working on the sideline during an NFL game.

No-show visits (NSVs) are a considerable obstacle for all healthcare specialties, and radiology is no exception. Imaging leaders have often wished they could predict which patients might be NSVs, and according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, that wish has come true.

Burnout is found in all healthcare specialties, but what about radiology specifically? Jeffrey P. Guenette, MD, and Stacy E. Smith, MD, of the department of radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, surveyed resident members of the New England Roentgen Ray Society to explore the seriousness of burnout in radiology.

It takes at least 15 weeks for fetuses to develop signs of microcephaly or other problems observable on prenatal imaging after Mom is bitten by a Zika virus-carrying mosquito during her first trimester, according to the authors of a South American study published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Imaging has a central role in diagnosing male infertility, according to a review published in RadioGraphics. Scrotal ultrasound and MRI have emerged as the preferred modalities while invasive procedures such as vasography have fallen out of practice, but CT has its uses as well.

Asian women experience delays in mammography follow-up across all ethnic sub-groups, but certain groups have much worse follow-up times than others, indicating a need for more granular tailoring of breast screening programs.

I have experienced medical imaging from a perspective that is a bit out of the ordinary, spending my Sundays working on NFL sidelines. The fast-paced, physical world of professional football has taught me a great deal over the years, and I like knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of these athletes.

A diverse mix of trainees and physicians demonstrated moderate interobserver agreement when sorting prostate cancer cases into categories laid out by the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS), demonstrating resiliency to varying levels of education attained by users. However, a persistently "OK" agreement rate may indicate systemic problems with PI-RADS.