Quality

After 17 months of hard work, employees at the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Ind., successfully decreased staffing hours in their diagnostic imaging department while increasing staff productivity and workforce engagement. How did they do it? 

Radiologists should always review CT scout images, and not doing so could have legal ramifications down the line, according to a recent commentary published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Baseline CT findings can serve as independent predictors of clinical outcomes, hospital resource utilization, and inpatient costs in cases related to acute appendicitis, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, faculty from Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute examined the frequency of wrong-patient events. The number of near-misses was “considerable,” they concluded, and there was definite room for improvement.

Radiologists using collective intelligence (CI) methods consistently produce more accurate breast cancer diagnoses than a single radiologist, according to recent research published by PLOS ONE. 

Radiologists are significantly underrepresented on physician-rating websites, according to recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The key to meeting the latest Joint Commission standards for diagnostic imaging, and preparing for future initiatives, is developing an effective dose monitoring program, according to Olav Christianson, clinical dose optimization service team leader at Landauer Medical Physics.

Earlier this year, research in Annals of Emergency Medicine showed that patients who develop an acute kidney injury after contrast-enhanced CT are at an increased risk of major adverse effects within a year. The findings could be substantial, but there are still too many questions to be sure, argues a recently published editorial.

No standards currently exist for radiologists to follow during the documentation of contrast reactions, but according to a recent research article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the creation of such standards could lead to improved documentation and better overall patient care.

Recent research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology studied radiologist characteristics that may impact false-positive rates and sensitivity in diagnostic mammograms performed either for additional evaluation of a recent mammogram or to evaluate a breast problem. 

With more than one million patient contacts each year, Lee Memorial Health System considers patient engagement the order of the day every day. For Mike Smith, CIO of the six-hospital, 1,423-bed organization based in Fort Myers, Fla., this enterprise-wide emphasis means constantly working to ramp up IT-enabled interactions via—among other interfaces—an increasingly in-demand patient portal.