Quality

A collaboration between New York-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and the Kuwait National Mammography Screening Program (KNMSP) allowed for the successful implementation of a national mammographic screening program. Program highlights were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Medical student exposure to interventional radiology (IR) is crucial to the success of integrated IR residency programs, though current research indicates few institutions offer formal IR subinternship rotations, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Second-opinion imaging consultations can directly impact the management of patients with hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) disease, according to new research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Performing MRI scans within one month of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can yield important information about the patient’s neurocognitive and psychiatric health, according to research published in Journal of Affective Disorders.

New research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests less than half of quality improvement (QI) projects in radiology journals use iterative cycles to refine interventions.

For women with locally advanced cervical cancer, PET imaging, in addition to conventional CT scans, can give physicians a more detailed look at lymph node metastases. A small clinical trial in Canada showed that using both imaging methods can lead to more extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but the difference was not significant.

Researchers have developed an add-on for laser-scanning microscopes that can improve the quality of 2D and 3D imaging of the brain, according to a new study published in Optica.

PET imaging is a common tool to establish the stage of a patient’s prostate cancer, but new research raises questions about its association with misdiagnosis and unnecessary changes in therapies. Benign tissues in the kidney, bowels and salivary glands may show increased prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) expression, prompting experts to caution against relying solely on PSMA PET.

Breast cancer mortality is on the decline, but can that drop be attributed to improved screening policies? According to the team behind a new study published in International Journal of Cancer, better treatment—not screening—is responsible for the shift.

Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a more accurate imaging modality for predicting malignancy in suspicious kidney tumors than CT or MRI, according to new research presented at the Advances in Contrast Ultrasound International Bubble Conference in Chicago.

Researchers quantified evidence to identify primary consequences of burnout, including actionable steps for organizations to mitigate its effects, for a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Though the research examines physicians as a whole, the conclusions are applicable to medical imaging, where half of all radiologists report symptoms of burnout.

On the American College of Radiology’s Voice of Radiology blog, Melissa Chen, MD, announced plans to build on last year’s survey of patient attitudes toward imaging. ACR will begin to develop a new survey to help define exactly what patients value when interacting with medical imaging professionals.