Care Delivery

Here's a riddle: If every imaging interpretation is labeled stat, are any of them truly stat?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although you probably don’t need another reminder of the fact. 

When Keyur Sathe, MHA, decided to put his nearly two decades of healthcare leadership and entrepreneurialism to work in a bold new venture—one that would, in his words, help “bend the arc of healthcare” toward greater value—he didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

Merge Healthcare has launched a new collaboration with RAD-AID International, a nonprofit organization, to bring radiology and other health services to “medically underserved and poor regions” throughout the world, the companies announced earlier this month. 

Children turn to comic books to be entertained, to escape, and to let their imaginations run wild. Thanks to Medikidz, a medical education brand with offices in London, the United States, and Australia, children can also use comics to learn important information about their own health and the health of those around them. 

Recent history indicates that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may lead to a significant increase in emergency department utilization, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

It may be possible to shorten breast MRI protocols and give more patients access to the modality’s benefits, according to a study published in Academic Radiology.

Radiologists need to stop writing “cannot exclude” in their reports, according to a recent commentary in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Participants in a new lung cancer screening program held a series of common misperceptions about the program’s impact and their own health, according to recent research published by JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors believe that healthcare providers should remain aware of these misperceptions, because they could prove to be potentially harmful to the participants. 

The CMS rolled out new star ratings for over 3,500 hospitals this week based on consumer reviews, and only 7% received five-star ratings. Four- and three-star ratings, meanwhile, combined to make up 74% of the total ratings. Another 16% of hospitals received two stars, and 3%—101 hospitals total—received one star.

The Wall Street Journal poses an interesting question for both the specialty of radiology and the millions of women in 21 states who will be notified that they have dense breasts: What should they do about it?

How hospitals and emergency departments deal with incidental findings was the subject of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, in which three programs were identified that ensure referring physicians, PCPs and patients are made aware of the incidentaloma.