Quality

Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, recently poured $7 million into its Center for Orthopaedics, the Daily Item reported this week—and the radiology renovation is prioritizing patient flow when many imagers are struggling to keep up with an increasing demand for their work.
Jun 12, 2018 | Quality
Radiotherapy technology recently employed at a cancer center in Glasgow has the ability to generate individualized radiotherapy treatment plans for as many as 50 patients at a time within minutes, circumventing a process that typically takes physicians more than a day per patient plan, the Herald reported early this week.
Jun 11, 2018 | Quality
Including MRI in the routine evaluation of endometrial cancer could help assess the aggressiveness of tumors while stratifying which patients may benefit from surgeries like lymphadenectomy, researchers reported in Clinical Radiology this June.
Jun 08, 2018 | Quality
Calculating a patient’s body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) can help imaging providers determine whether or not to use oral contrast material before abdominopelvic CT exams, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Jun 08, 2018 | Quality
Turning to mobile health for chemotherapy aftercare could relieve a bulk of negative chemo side effects while educating colorectal cancer patients about their illness and future options, researchers wrote this month in Clinical Colorectal Cancer. 
Jun 08, 2018 | Quality
Referring patients to a panel of thoracic experts immediately after initial diagnostic workup reduces wait times for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, according to research out of the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Jun 08, 2018 | Quality
Practices across the U.S. are increasingly relying on self-reported data from patients to measure quality of care, and research out of the Netherlands has found women with breast cancer are able to report overwhelmingly accurate information about treatment up to a year and a half after surgery.
Jun 06, 2018 | Quality
MRI-compatible technology out of Purdue University has the ability to detect and monitor cerebral vascular disorders and injuries without the use of potentially harmful contrast agents, the university announced this week.
Jun 06, 2018 | Quality
Though radiology's complex nature makes incorporating its curriculum into the first year of medical school difficult, exposing students to the field early can grow academic interest, improve perceptions of the specialty and emphasize its importance in daily practice, according to a study published ahead of print in Academic Radiology.
Jun 06, 2018 | Quality
Could using a non-conventional mouse help make workstations more efficient? When a group of radiologists gave a programmable, 13-button mouse a two-day test run, many reported that they liked using it more than their previous mouse, according to a new study published by the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Jun 06, 2018 | Quality
Combining traditional digital mammography with tomosynthesis detects 90 percent more breast cancers than mammography alone, Italian researchers reported in Radiology this month—but the jury is still out on whether the benefits of combining screenings outweigh any clinical risks. 
Jun 05, 2018 | Quality
Medicare beneficiaries who undergo mammography are much more likely to utilize other preventive health services such as cervical cancer screening or osteoporosis screening, according to a new study published by Radiology.
Jun 04, 2018 | Quality
Radiology education has made substantial progress since its debut in the medical sphere, but students and faculty alike continue to suffer from communication barriers, high burnout risks and a lack of defined roles in the classroom, a group of administrators wrote in a compiled advice column for the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Jun 01, 2018 | Quality
In an era where half of U.S. physicians are, in some way, professionally burned out, medical program directors and administrators are looking for ways to prevent the current generation of medical students from meeting a similar fate—and they’re finding the problem might be rooted in education.
Jun 01, 2018 | Quality
Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) is growing in popularity as a higher-quality alternative to single-energy CT, but, as a pair of researchers wrote in the current edition of Radiologic Clinics in North America, the method has a long way to go.
Jun 01, 2018 | Quality
The balanced scorecard—a performance measurement tool based around strategic planning methodology—could be an invaluable quality assessment tool for radiology practices struggling to keep up with dozens of performance indicators, according to Harvard researchers.
May 31, 2018 | Quality
Though designed to reduce radiation exposure during CT perfusion, orbit shields can cause more harm than good to neuroradiology patients, Swiss researchers reported this week. The shields, meant to be preventive, could be rendering whole brain scans diagnostically useless.
May 30, 2018 | Quality
Using a contrast reaction management checklist reduces the number of mistakes radiologist make during simulated severe contrast reactions, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
May 29, 2018 | Quality
Use of a concurrent-read computer-aided detection (CAD) system when interpreting automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) examinations helps improve efficiency without negatively affecting accuracy, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology.
May 29, 2018 | Quality
Cultivating physician character in an increasingly tech-centered environment can be difficult for radiologists who are often isolated in their work, but in a medical landscape where quality patient care is key, imagers may need to venture outside of their comfort zone, a trio of Emory University radiologists wrote in Academic Radiology this May.
May 29, 2018 | Quality
A group of researchers from the University of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has found that clinicians can improve patient communication and potentially increase lung cancer screening program participation by personalizing the decision-making process.