When there’s a near-miss or safety incident (NMSI) with a patient undergoing radiation therapy, and the incident was related to the disease or treatment itself, the lapse often involves imaging. But it’s not imaging per se that raises any particular risk.

In the business world, it’s a given that competition is good for consumers. Battles over market share tend to drive quality up, push prices down and spawn new products and services. When it comes to healthcare, however, some see competition as a dirty word. Shouldn’t caring for patients be closer to a public service than a commercial enterprise? On some levels, absolutely—but not on every level, suggests David Partridge.

Social media can be a boon to healthcare workers and the provider institutions they work for—but it can just as easily be a bust. Just ask the nursing students expelled from school for posting “hilarious” x-rays of an anonymous emergency patient with a foreign object lodged inside a body cavity. The students committed no HIPAA violation, just a breach in basic ethics. But the lapse was enough to derail a couple of promising careers before they even began.

Abdominal radiologists make more complete and precise diagnostic reads, and are more confident in their diagnoses, when they’re armed at the reading station with clinical information supplied by patients via questionnaire, according to a study published online June 24 in Abdominal Radiology.

In theory, having a mobile CT scanner available in a trauma resuscitation bay should save workup time over relying on a scanner near but not inside the bay. In reality, it doesn’t make a meaningful difference.