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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.

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.  

Undergoing MRI with a pacemaker has long been considered a tricky proposition. Individuals with the devices, and those with cardioverter defibrillators, were often kept from undergoing such imaging because of safety concerns. But new research in the New England Journal of Medicine argues such safety concerns are incorrected and outdated.

Incidental findings can lead to negative consequences for patients, but establishing a standardized method of communicating these discoveries between emergency and radiology departments can improve patient safety.

Establishing patient- and family-centered models of care is a goal all radiologists should strive for. With reimbursement models increasingly tied to health outcomes, radiology is in position to add value to the healthcare system.

 

Recent Headlines

RSNA 2017: Understanding error, potential improvements in the diagnostic process

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.

Ultrasound guidance beats clinician’s touch for pediatric cannula placement

When it comes to inserting cannulas in the radial arteries of pediatric CCU patients, ultrasound guidance is superior to manual palpation, according to a study running in the December edition of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

RSNA 2017: Final thoughts with RSNA President Richard Ehman, MD

Health Imaging spoke with RSNA President Richard Ehman, MD, professor of radiology and Blanche R. & Richard J. Erlanger Professor of Medical Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to discuss a few final thoughts about RSNA 2017 in Chicago, which ended Thurs., Nov. 30. 

RSNA 2017: Economics, quality, tech regulations determine value of imaging

What determines value in medicine will differ based on specialty, but what should radiologists consider when trying to maximize value in imaging? "The Value of Imaging," a Nov. 26 session at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, aimed to provide answers.

RSNA 2017: Workplace obedience begets widespread burnout

Show Richard Gunderman a radiologist whose job performance is largely gauged by how completely she complies with top-down initiatives and directives, and Gunderman will show you a radiologist who is either burned out or getting there.

RSNA 2017: Radiology’s customers are speaking. Is radiology listening?

“Dear Doctor: Three recent [radiology] reports from Dr. So and So are just plain wrong. I reviewed these studies with other radiologists in your department, and they all agree that the interpretations are overcalls. These overcalls are impacting the care my patients are receiving, have delayed surgery and are impacting my outcomes data. May I please request that Dr. So and So no longer interpret studies of my patients?”

RSNA 2017: Resistance voiced against round-the-clock attending coverage

The time has not come, and probably never will, for academic medical centers to adopt 24-hour coverage by expert attending radiologists. In fact, the traditional model—overnight ER coverage by radiology residents with trust-but-verify oversight by faculty members—is not only up to the task but superior to the up-and-coming way.

RSNA 2017: Unclutter your mind and get stuff done

When most people think about productivity, they think about how to do more. When Puneet Bhargava, MD, thinks about that subject, he cogitates on how he can use his time and energy more efficiently in order to find more time and energy to do things he couldn’t do before on account of being disorganized.

How to make the most of Twitter at RSNA 2017—and all radiology meetings after

For some organizers as well as attendees of radiology meetings, live tweets and meeting-related Twitter polls sent from the site are distractions one can happily do without. However, with a little preparation and know-how, meeting tweeters and their followers can tap the social-media platform such that it greatly enhances the meeting experience for all involved.

RSNA 2017: Electronic kiosks effective at measuring patient satisfaction

Compared to emailed survey requests, electronic kiosks generate a higher response rate and less recall bias, according to Olga R. Brook, MD.

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