Care Delivery

Is it safe to dive headfirst into the roiling, gadolinium-spiked waters of MR imaging? At the moment, it would seem so. 

Lidocaine buffered with sodium bicarbonate is significantly more comfortable than plain lidocaine when administered for pain control to women undergoing ultrasound-guided core-needle breast biopsies. 

Shortly before her 40th birthday, a woman visits her primary care physician and is advised she should schedule her first mammogram. The patient is puzzled and says she “read somewhere” that she can wait a few years. The physician has heard this before and kindly convinces the patient to comply with the recommendation. She agrees, schedules the mammogram and receives her results before even leaving the imaging facility. 

Adults with disabilities undergo colon cancer screening at a lower rate when compared to the general population, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. According to the authors, the findings represent an opportunity for care providers to ensure facilities are up to snuff and an impetus to reach out to group homes and other caregivers of disabled adults.

Researchers from the American Cancer Society found a significant uptick in the number of young and middle-aged Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer, attributed to lifestyle factors such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the authors concluded the risk of colorectal cancer for young adults today is the same as it was in 1890. 

The growing trend of emergency physicians interpreting ultrasound exams can lead to increased imaging utilization downstream, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Good news for the FDA and HHS marketing departments: The PSAs are working. Overall cancer mortality in the United States decreased by about 20 percent from 1980 to 2014, but it varied widely at the county level, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE).

Associate professor of radiology at Duke University School of Medicine, Jenny Hoang, MBBS, published an article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, outlining reasons why radiologists should not hedge when there is certainty.

Irish researchers have found that on-the-job training quickly hoists new radiologists’ know-how, at least as regards appropriateness of imaging ordering, well above their competence levels heading into—and even upon completion of—their final year of medical school. 

Radiologist Marc Liebeskind, MD, doesn’t need to strain his memory to recall a time when he saw a health insurer’s authorization process come between sound clinical judgment and a patient’s clearly indicated care.

While early screening and detection can play an important role in preventing breast cancer, new research from Mayo Clinic shows that some women, particularly minority women, aren’t being screened as often as their white counterparts. 

Many American physicians aren’t accustomed to treating neglected tropical diseases (NTD), simply because many of their patients just don’t catch them. Illnesses like leprosy, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis, rarely plague people in the U.S.