If the curricula effectively incorporate hands-on experience with quality instruction and team integration, radiology subinternships can be an effective means of prompting medical students to choose radiology for their final-year clinical elective.  

In developing algorithms to differentiate between suspicious nodules in the thyroid gland, researchers in China have found that their machine-learning computations separate malignant from benign properties more accurately than an inexperienced radiologist—but not as accurately as the experienced radiologist whose know-how was used to create the algorithms.

Crunching the data on screening mammography utilization in the wake of the establishment of Medicare’s Shared Savings Program, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found what they’re calling “small but significant” improvements: From 2012 to 2014, participating ACOs grew their screening volumes by a mean of 2.6 percent.

When surveilling cirrhosis-stricken patients for hepatocellular carcinoma—or HCC, the frequently incurable cancer that starts in the liver and sometimes follows cirrhosis—MRI with liver-specific contrast can be a better diagnostic performer than ultrasound, the guideline-recommended screening tool for such situations. 

A study drawing on data from nearly 100,000 patient visits has shown that team training of MRI technologists in patient-calming techniques can boost rates of patient show-ups as well as study completions.