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Dave Pearson
Senior Writer
Prior to joining TriMed in 2014, Dave was an independent reporter and copywriter. He has worked in journalism, public relations and marketing for more than 25 years, concentrating on business, healthcare, technology and religion. He has also worked extensively in fundraising communications, freelancing for local, national and international charities.

Remember the hospital in Western Canada that had to have thousands of medical images reinterpreted because of inconsistencies and discrepancies in one radiologist’s work? That radiologist, who was placed on leave, is a former chief of his department. 

 - PediMRI

As word has gotten around that macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) are more stable than linear GBCAs, and thus less likely to deposit in the brain, use of the former type has increased. However, in pediatric settings, at least, much education still needs to be directed to rads and referrers, according to the authors of a study published online March 10 in Pediatric Radiology.

 - BreastMRI

Aussie researchers have found protocoled 3D laser scanning to be as good as noncontrast MRI for assessing breast volume, according to a small study running in the April edition of Annals of Plastic Surgery. 

A community hospital in Western New York has gone all in with digital breast tomosynthesis, prompting a local TV station to explain the technology while cheering the technology upgrade. 

 - Emergency4

Calling on ultrasound-trained medical students to perform point-of-care scans in the emergency department can be a workable way to obtain accurate diagnoses and ensure appropriate patient management, according to a study published online March 3 in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Hospital leaders in Iowa are concerned that a proposed easing of the state’s certificate-of-need process would pave the way for for-profit outpatient businesses, including radiology centers, to set up shop and cherry-pick the most lucrative services to provide.  

Interventional radiologists have a new way to compare their work with that of their peers and see how it stacks up against performance benchmarks set at the national, regional and practice level. 

 - ExitSign5

Designating radiology patients with the imprecise diagnosis “iodine allergy” may be dangerous, as it could lead to unnecessarily unenhanced scans as well as uncertainty in clinical management and sometimes even useless preventative measures.

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for radiology in British Columbia.

 - Eyeball4

Radiology trainees do better at detecting lung nodules on CT when they’ve been taught to “drill” rather than “scan” the images, according to a study published Feb. 24 in Academic Radiology.