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What consistently induces diagnostic error is a radiologist's cognitive bias, according to a recent article published online March 15 in the American Journal of Roentgenology, as approximately 75 percent of medical malpractice claims against radiologists are related to diagnostic error.  

New research, published online March 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that the U.S. spends twice as much on healthcare as any other high-income country in the world. Heavy utilization of imaging technology was a contributing factor.

Applying interpersonal skills training to MRI staff may result in cost reduction for exams and greater operational efficiency, according to a study published online March 9 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

A worldwide study, published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, revealed wide inconsistencies in reporting brain gadolinium deposition (GD) based on a lack of understanding and an effort to minimize anxiety in patients.

A study published online March 2 in Academic Radiology suggests that dental disease is commonly overlooked in routine CT exams, despite having the option to mark the presence of the disease on a dictation template. 


Recent Headlines

Is MRI dangerous for those with pacemakers? NEJM says no

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 But new research in the New England Journal of Medicine argues such safety concerns are incorrected and outdated.

Standardized workflow between emergency, rad depts improves incidental findings

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.

How radiologists can improve care centered on patient, family

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.

7 key figures from ACS report of declining cancer death rates in US

Life expectancy in the United States has fallen for a second straight year—the first time this has happened in more than 50 years. Despite such difficult statistics, cancer deaths continue to decrease—with the death rate dropping 1.7 percent in 2015, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society.

FDA announces risks, new class warnings for gadolinium-based contrast agents

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. 

Flash Storage: An Important Part of Any Enterprise Imaging Strategy

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.

RSNA 2017: How radiology can help uncover evidence of domestic abuse, sexual assault

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.  

JACR: Involvement in global health could reduce burnout for radiologists

According to a recent article from JACR, physician burnout is characterized by emotion exhaustion, cynicism and an overall sense of inefficacy, with the current burnout rate for radiologists near 50 percent. However, physicians—radiologists especially—choosing to get involved in global health may be a solution.

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.