Quality

More than one million U.S. patients are treated in EDs each year for potential cervical spine injuries, and cervical spine imaging exams are often ordered to treat those patients. However, there is a lack of information on national trends in the utilization of cervical spine imaging and how it has been impacted by changing attitudes and evolving technology.

Graduate medical education (GME) is vital for successfully teaching the next generation of physicians, yet attempts have repeatedly been been made to limit the funding it receives from Medicare. In a recent study published by Academic Radiology, researchers took a closer look at this ongoing struggle, noting that teaching hospitals are already facing an uphill battle and need all the funding they can get.

Patients who undergo whole-body computed tomography (WBCT) do not have a significantly longer length of stay (LOS) in the hospital than those who receive selective CT, according to a recent study published by Academic Radiology.

Recalling a patient to repeat an imaging request is inconvenient for both the patient and the healthcare provider. According to a recent study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology, if a facility notices this happening regularly,  it may be an indication that certain processes need to be updated.

Often lost amid all the talk of U.S. healthcare’s volume-to-value transformation is the plain and simple truth that volume doesn’t stop mattering just because value matters more than it did before. This is especially germane to provider organizations caring for patients at the population level.

Radiologists may be more likely to adhere to collaborative follow-up recommendations developed at the institutional level than pre-existing recommendations from a larger organization, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

When reading radiologists interpret mammograms with trainees, the recall rate (RR) increases, but the cancer detection rate (CDR) is unaffected, according to a recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Do reading radiologists allow themselves to be negatively influenced by trainees? 

It’s no secret that radiology is at a turning point in 2016. The industry is rapidly shifting toward a focus on quality-based healthcare, and radiologists are doing everything in their power to define and demonstrate the value of their services. According to a recent analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, this puts radiologists in a unique position within the healthcare industry. 

The People’s Choice Awards, Grammys and Oscars aren’t the only prestigious awards that get handed out at this time of year. Research firm KLAS announced the winners of its annual Best in KLAS: Software & Services  awards today, celebrating top-ranking companies based on the feedback of their own customers. 

The move toward value-based care is one of radiology’s most talked-about topics, but according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Roentgenology, it’s just another day in the office for women’s imaging.  

Ehsan Samei, PhD, Duke Clinical Imaging Physics Group, Duke University Medical Center, tackled this subject in a web-exclusive commentary for the American Journal of Roentgenology. Samei explained that understanding physics in imaging is “of crucial importance,” but trainees are being expected to know more and more as the industry continues to evolve.

A recent two-part report for Academic Radiology focused on the value of imaging in healthcare and how the imaging community can demonstrate value to “patients, payers, ordering providers, health systems, and society at large.”