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Breast imaging fellowships might be suffering from a lack of structured curriculums and standardized requirements, but a group of Harvard Medical researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month that a combination of organized rotations, regular feedback, structured learning activities and increased community participation could help homogenize programs across the country.
Thirty-five percent of residents think a policy change that allows first-year residents to work more hours could lead to more accidents and errors, according to a new survey published by Medscape.
As the proportion of women in radiology increases—however slowly—and healthcare’s quadruple aim attempts to prioritize physician well-being, a group of female doctors in Alabama is making a case for more adequate, comprehensive pregnancy and motherhood resources for young residents.
Nearly a third of physicians with personal connections to cancer admitted in a recent poll they offer ovarian cancer screening to women at low risk, despite national guidelines warning against the practice.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have found that longer pelvic PET acquisition times during PET/MRI can improve the quality of care for patients with rectal cancer.
Access to a visual aid boosts the confidence of radiologists as they manage contrast medium reactions, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. It also led to a slight drop in errors and helped participants administer intramuscular (IM) epinephrine more quickly.
When it comes to major career decisions, radiologists whose choices are driven by intuition and self-care might be less prone to stress and burnout than those who base decisions on external influences and pressures, one physician wrote in a Journal of the American College of Radiology editorial this week.
Computer-aided detection (CAD) software can improve radiologist efficiency when interpreting chest CTs, reducing reading times by as much as 44 percent, University of California, Los Angeles, researchers wrote in Academic Radiology this summer.
An online simulator built to assess radiology residents during after-hours ER work has succeeded in evaluating dozens of postgraduate residents on their aptitude in the emergency room, a team reported in Academic Radiology this month.
A partnership between the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Veterans Healthcare Administration has bolstered the quality of care U.S. vets see at medical facilities across the country, according to a report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month—and that’s only improving with the implementation of a mandatory three-year accreditation cycle.
Siemens Healthineers and NuVasive, a spine technology company, have announced a new strategic partnership aimed at improving patient outcomes associated with minimally invasive spine surgery.
Researchers at ITMO University in Saint Petersburg, Russia, have developed an MRI coil that can produce images with three times the resolution of a commercial volume coil, according to a study published in NMR in Biomedicine. The team designed the coil for use in preclinical studies.
Mammography services at a Sunrise, Florida, radiology center have been halted by the FDA until staff have sent cautionary letters to patients whose mammogram results might have been faulty, NBC Miami reported this week.
High-level support and a consensus-based decision-making process are the keys to standardizing CT and MRI protocols across large healthcare centers, a team of Harvard Medical researchers report in the current edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Overburdened imaging departments and staff shortages are compromising the efficiency—and communicative abilities—of U.S. radiologists, one clinician wrote in the Journal of Radiology Nursing this month. But radiology nurses might be undervalued as resources in the fight to ensure quality care.
Aug 07, 2018 | Quality
Administrators at Australia’s Canberra Hospital were warned radiology trainees were working unsupervised for more than a year before their program accreditation rating dropped from an “A” to a “D” this summer, the Canberra Times has reported.
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Aug 07, 2018 | Quality
Downstream costs associated with incidental pulmonary nodules are higher when ordering physicians do not adhere to radiologist recommendations or industry guidelines, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. This gives radiologists yet another opportunity to provide additional value and help cut costs.
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Aug 06, 2018 | Quality
A patient-centered approach to contrast administration in CT, outlined this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, balances contrast dose with radiation dose, reportedly increasing patient safety while maintaining high-quality diagnostics.
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Aug 06, 2018 | Quality
One-day multidisciplinary clinics at community centers can improve the quality of care for prostate cancer patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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Aug 03, 2018 | Quality
Burnout is on the rise among radiologists, but it isn’t all bad news, according to a recent Academic Radiology review. By prioritizing mental wellness, promoting open communication and cultivating a healthy work environment, practice administrators can help mitigate the fatigue caused by excessive workloads and long hours.
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A team at the University of Toronto has successfully developed artificial intelligence (AI) that helps automate the radiation therapy planning process, potentially saving radiologists from several days of work on just one patient.
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