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The cost of MRI research and technology production may soon significantly decrease in price due to newly developed magnetic materials from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) MISiS Engineering Center for Industrial Technologies in Moscow.  

The FDA announced Dec. 19 that it’s requiring a new class warning and additional safety measures for all gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for MRIs. 

As electronic health records (EHRs), interoperability and value-based care have grown more important in healthcare, an increasing number of providers are tasking IT departments with developing, implementing and managing complex enterprise imaging (EI) strategies. And one of the biggest components of any EI strategy is its ability to properly store the massive amounts of data the provider produces on a daily basis.

With allegations of sexual misconduct flooding recent headlines, a study presented at RSNA 2017 examining how radiology can offer clues in cases of identifying domestic abuse and sexual assault proved especially relevant.  

According to the 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," every person with access to healthcare will experience at least one diagnostic error in her lifetime. The diagnostic process for clinicians can be complex and requires collaboration between patients, clinicians and healthcare providers to provide the best treatment plan. There remains room for improvement in reducing diagnostic error, as discussed during a Nov. 28 session at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

 

Recent Headlines

Catch colonoscopy complications with CT—not radiography

While complications from optical colonoscopy occur in less than 1 in 100 cases, the effects can be devastating: bleeding, infection, even death. In the rare case that a serious complication occurs, radiology administrators can ensure rapid diagnosis by prioritizing CT over abdominal radiography, according to a study published in JACR.

Utilization-management program points out positives of radiologist involvement

When radiologists collaborate with referring physicians to proactively manage imaging utilization, the participation of the radiologist has more weight tipping the scale toward success than does the specialty of the referrer. And the rad’s input has the greatest impact on primary care physicians who are heavy orderers of imaging exams.

Will fewer healthcare metrics lead to fewer provider headaches?

Health systems have been asked to keep track of thousands of different healthcare metrics over the years. It can be difficult, time-consuming work, and it’s certainly not cheap. But according to a research article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology by Michael J. Pentecost, MD, of Magellan Health, some work has been done to relieve this pressure. 

Striking a balance: Researchers find creative solutions to radiation dose dilemma

It’s one of the primary goals at the heart of patient safety in radiology: balancing the need for heightened image quality with the inherent risks of radiation exposure. It’s also a goal that prompted researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School to develop some simple yet creative radiation-dose solutions.

Case Study: Methodical, data-driven approach leads to fewer delays in patient care

According to a recent study in Academic Radiology, a thorough, data-driven approach can reduce delays for interventional radiology (IR) patients and lead to more procedures beginning on time.

Quick two-person verification system reduces wrong-patient, wrong-study events

Wrong-patient and wrong-study events in radiology can be reduced by implementing a two-person verification system, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

SIIM: PQRS—An $111M loss for imaging?

DALLAS—Radiologists may be missing the boat by overlooking the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), “an elegantly simple incentive program made complicated by the government,” C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, radiology fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said during an educational session at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).

SIIM: Rad dose monitoring—the good, the bad + the ugly

DALLAS—Radiation dose monitoring initiatives bring both benefits and flaws, according to Jessica Clements, MS, medical physicist and radiation safety officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, during an education session at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting.

Math models best docs in predicting response to cancer treatment

Mathematical prediction models outperformed physicians in predicting the outcome and responses of lung cancer patients to treatment, according to research presented April 20 at the 2nd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). The researchers suggested it might be “unethical” to make treatment decisions based solely on physicians’ opinions.

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