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A study of lead shields used during x-ray and fluoroscopy procedures at an academic medical center in New York City showed that nearly two-thirds of the shields had detectable lead dust on the surface. The finding has prompted the study authors to urge all imaging departments and centers to switch to lead-free shielding materials. 

It’s official: The reporting window for MACRA has begun. While CMS has eased the reporting requirements for 2017, calling it a transition year, practices aiming for full participation still need to report all of the required measurements for a continuous period of at least 90 days. In fact, groups looking to maximize their chances of a positive adjustment should report as much data as possible, according to CMS.

Female radiologists have made strides increasing their presence and visibility over the 35 years since the 1981 founding of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). However, their numbers continue to lag far behind those of their male counterparts, especially in leadership positions. 

Radiology departments and practices can incorporate principles of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) into clinical operations without hampering productivity. Every upgrade to radiology equipment and environment represents a new opportunity to engage patients and their families. And PFCC is “a collaborative process—a journey, not a destination.” 

I attended a lot of great presentations at RSNA 2016 in Chicago, but the one by Paul J. Chang, MD, on Nov. 28 had perhaps the biggest impact on me. 

 

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Lead aprons block radiation exposure all right, but they also invite lead poisoning

A study of lead shields used during x-ray and fluoroscopy procedures at an academic medical center in New York City showed that nearly two-thirds of the shields had detectable lead dust on the surface. The finding has prompted the study authors to urge all imaging departments and centers to switch to lead-free shielding materials. 

Self-examination is crucial before making drastic MACRA-related changes

It’s official: The reporting window for MACRA has begun. While CMS has eased the reporting requirements for 2017, calling it a transition year, practices aiming for full participation still need to report all of the required measurements for a continuous period of at least 90 days. In fact, groups looking to maximize their chances of a positive adjustment should report as much data as possible, according to CMS.

Group working steadily to increase the visibility—and number—of women in radiology

Female radiologists have made strides increasing their presence and visibility over the 35 years since the 1981 founding of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). However, their numbers continue to lag far behind those of their male counterparts, especially in leadership positions. 

How to track inconsistencies in CT protocol usage

The CT Protocol team at the University of Wisconsin have created a methodology for measuring organizational adherence to standardized CT protocols, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Based on finding outliers in a large pool of scanning data, the workflows can be scaled to any size practice and are intended to help imaging centers identify problems.

5 tips for rolling patient-centered care into radiology

Radiology departments and practices can incorporate principles of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) into clinical operations without hampering productivity. Every upgrade to radiology equipment and environment represents a new opportunity to engage patients and their families. And PFCC is “a collaborative process—a journey, not a destination.” 

Imaging leaders can't let pushback stop them from improving quality

I attended a lot of great presentations at RSNA 2016 in Chicago, but the one by Paul J. Chang, MD, on Nov. 28 had perhaps the biggest impact on me. 

Heavy overnight shifting takes a toll on emergency rads, although some prefer its payoffs

Emergency radiologists who work lots of overnight shifts and/or shifts longer than nine hours tend to feel less healthy, closer to burnout and more dissatisfied with their work than emergency rads who have more humane schedules, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

RSNA 2016: Radiologist burnout is real; here's how to fix it

With long hours, seamlessly never-ending workloads and frequent isolation, radiologists are increasingly experiencing burnout. It’s a problem that can have serious effects on one’s work if not addressed properly. But considering the nature of the business, burnout can be hard to prevent and manage within realistic limits of the profession.

Mentoring programs can help build the future of radiology

James Rawson, MD, radiology chair at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, has a lot of experience with developing relationships between new recruits and those who are more established in the field of radiology. On Thursday, Dec. 1, Rawson will discuss the importance of developing future leaders in radiology in a presentation titled, “Mentors, Mentees and Mentoring in Radiology.” 

New immunotherapy cancer vaccine to be tested in clinical trial

A new immunotherapy cancer vaccine meant to treat patients with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is being tested in a clinical trial.

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