Quality

It was yet another entry in a familiar medical-news narrative: A big breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease gets called into question by subsequent reporting. Only this time the off notes hit while the fanfare was still sounding.

MRI-guided focal high dose rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) presents low toxicity rates and maintains quality of life when used to treat prostate cancer, according to new research published in Radiotherapy and Oncology.

Ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an effective treatment option or early stage breast cancer and outperforms lumpectomy in terms of obtaining tumor-free margins, according to a new study published in Radiology.

Planning around staff shortages in radiology might seem like a future inevitability for departmental directors, British researchers wrote in a Radiography study published this month. But employees’ greatest source of psychological stress doesn’t stem from a lack of colleagues—it comes from the uncertainty of a constantly shifting job market.

Stanford researchers are redefining the effort to catch osteoarthritis early with a combination of MRI and PET imaging, opening the field up to more noninvasive options for evaluating bone health, according to a study published online in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Screening mammography is a reasonable surveillance tool for breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy and breast reconstruction with autologous myocutaneous flaps (AMFs), according to new research published in Radiology. Mammography provides little additional value, however, if the patient had reconstruction after a prophylactic mastectomy.

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.