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A survey recently published in Radiology has found that 22 percent of patients and caregivers are not receiving explanatory information prior to undergoing imaging exams.

While CT has positively impacted clinical diagnosis, incidental findings have become an unforeseen side effect. Renal masses, benign or otherwise, are among the most common of these findings, and the risk of nephrectomy is closely associated with incidental detection of these masses. Recent research examined how living in an area with high rates of CT affects nephrectomy risk.

RedRick Technologies, a provider of ergonomic radiology furniture and reading room guidance, released an updated planning guide designed to assist health systems in optimizing medical imaging reading spaces.

Every radiologist seeks to excel in one’s professional duties, from lesion analysis to recommendations for further evaluation. But for radiologists to govern themselves, they must step back and see the larger contexts in which they work.

Incidental findings often take patients by surprise—causing anxiety, raising questions of severity and leading to uninformed decision-making. When it comes to incidental renal lesions, researchers found communicating risks with numerical graphics may provide patients with a better understanding of options.

     

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    22% of patients don't receive info before imaging exams

    A survey recently published in Radiology has found that 22 percent of patients and caregivers are not receiving explanatory information prior to undergoing imaging exams.

    High CT scan geographic areas associated with increased risk of kidney surgery

    While CT has positively impacted clinical diagnosis, incidental findings have become an unforeseen side effect. Renal masses, benign or otherwise, are among the most common of these findings, and the risk of nephrectomy is closely associated with incidental detection of these masses. Recent research examined how living in an area with high rates of CT affects nephrectomy risk.

    New guidelines envision evolution of the imaging reading environment

    RedRick Technologies, a provider of ergonomic radiology furniture and reading room guidance, released an updated planning guide designed to assist health systems in optimizing medical imaging reading spaces.

    7 tips for radiologists from a Nobel Prize winner

    Every radiologist seeks to excel in one’s professional duties, from lesion analysis to recommendations for further evaluation. But for radiologists to govern themselves, they must step back and see the larger contexts in which they work.

    Knowledge is power: Numbers help patients understand incidental finding risk

    Incidental findings often take patients by surprise—causing anxiety, raising questions of severity and leading to uninformed decision-making. When it comes to incidental renal lesions, researchers found communicating risks with numerical graphics may provide patients with a better understanding of options.

      Follow-up imaging unnecessary for incidental splenic mass findings

      While patients who demonstrate an incidental splenic mass during CT scans may not also indicate the appearance of a simple cyst, researchers determined additional imaging is not warranted, and further work-up only required depending on a patient’s medical history.

      4 takeaways for the future of radiology

      As medicine continues to evolve thanks to technology, radiologists have an opportunity to become integral in precision medicine and develop a value-based healthcare system.

      Practicing peer learning: One radiology department’s experience

      Many radiology departments aspire to transition from peer review to peer learning as studies find the latter promotes a constructive, rather than punitive learning model. An article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology highlights a radiology department that made the transition, finding the new model promotes the right to learn from mistakes.

      Simple ED workflow fix improves history, billing in CT orders

      Too often, providing quality clinical histories of imaging orders falls by the wayside, resulting in missed diagnosis, billing delays and payment miscommunication. But a recent study finds a simple intervention may right these poor habits.

      Reshma Jagsi: Radiology's expert on sexual harassment of women in medicine

      Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, from the University of Michigan, never would have imagined she'd become an expert on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, especially in her own field.

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