Quality

Sonography has become a daily tool for hospitals and imaging centers; it’s inexpensive, relatively quick and the radiation is non-ionizing. However, this growing utilization has increased the workload for individual sonographers, resulting in widespread overuse injuries—as many as 90 percent of sonographers image in pain, according to a 2009 study.

Improving communication with radiologists related to critical findings (CFs) has a positive impact on compliance, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. After time, however, the influence of that communication appears to fade.

Jason Kelly, MD, who practices in Denver, predicted the eventual demise of his profession at the hands of IBM’s Watson and its artificial-intelligence kin.

A new survey of nearly 300 ultrasound technologists in Sweden has shown that, despite the dissemination of pain-prevention guidelines developed in the U.S. more than a decade ago, neck and upper extremity pain remains widespread among practitioners of the profession. 

With demand for imaging on the rise, researchers from St. James’s Hospital in Dublin, evaluated how much the time to completion of imaging examinations can influence patient length of stay and hospital costs. Writing about its findings for Clinical Radiology, the team said it found that delays for patients undergoing MRI, ultrasound and CT inpatient imaging are associated with longer lengths of stay for those patients. In addition, some delays directly lead to increased hospital costs. 

A recent study showed more than half of all patients with access to at least one online radiology report viewed it online. Lead author Christoph Lee, MD, MSHS, spoke to Radiology Business about his team’s research and why it is so important for patients to have online access to their own reports.

Ricardo Otazo, PhD, and Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD, of the NYU Langone Medical Center department of radiology, were recently awarded a grant of approximately $3 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work toward reducing the radiation dose of CT scans by as much as 90 percent. Otazo and Sodickson both spoke with Radiology Business over the phone to provide some insight into their research.

Academic radiology departments have traditionally asked trainees to provide after-hours interpretations, with an attending radiologists confirming the findings the following morning. But concerns over quality have led some facilities to employ attending radiologists around the clock. 

Digital breast tomosynthesis is no longer just a buzzworthy technology among imaging experts; patients have gotten word and are now increasingly demanding access from their local providers.

The pressures on providers in an era of evolving payment models and ever-evolving technology could not be more demanding. In order to be successful, providers will need strong solutions from their technology partners.

David M. Yousem, MD, MBA, Yousem and other specialists worked with the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center to develop a new peer review system, Advanced Peer Review. Yousem spoke with Radiology Business about Advanced Peer Review and how it has changed his colleagues’ opinions on peer review in general. 

As web portals become a bigger part of our healthcare system, are patients taking advantage of that access? According to a recent study published in Academic Radiology, a majority of patients given access to online radiology reports did view them.