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 But new research in the New England Journal of Medicine argues such safety concerns are incorrected and outdated.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

 

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3 ways radiologists can lead from behind, in front and all points between

If you’re a radiologist, you’re a leader. Even if nobody reports to you, you influence your peers, your healthcare colleagues and even those you report up to—and everyone else with whom you cross paths in your line of work. Given this actuality, you would do well to adopt as your own the business-management principle popularly known as “360-degree leadership.” 

6 steps to radiology-specific change management

The winds of change are blowing across the field of radiology at arguably their highest sustained speeds ever. Disruption is everywhere, from technological advances like AI to regulatory mandates like MACRA—and from comprehensive profession-improvement campaigns like Imaging 3.0 to moving targets like whatever shakes out of healthcare reform (or doesn’t). What’s a rad to do? 

Radiologist survey shows age-related preferences in workstation setup

“The more monitors, the better” might be the order of the day if younger radiologists had their druthers on workstation design, according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Digital Imaging.

What do patients want in radiology reports? Lay language, concise communication

Few would dispute that the proliferation of patient portals, along with the success of the OpenNotes initiative, have represented anything but positive steps along U.S. healthcare’s march toward patient-centric transparency. However, many patients have considerable trouble understanding radiology reports—and sometimes too much information can be more vexing than not enough. 

Sonographers almost as accurate as radiologists interpreting abdominal ultrasound

When it comes to interpreting biliary ultrasound scans, there’s not a lot of discrepancy between sonographers offering preliminary reads and radiologists giving final interpretations. 

fMRI used to predict dogs not fit for service training

Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns led a team of researchers who found that when using fMRI to scan canine candidates to assist people with disabilities, images would help predict which dogs would be unfit for a rigorous service training program.

New registry launches for interventional radiology

Interventional radiologists have a new way to compare their work with that of their peers and see how it stacks up against performance benchmarks set at the national, regional and practice level. 

Radiology patients keen on cleanliness, front-desk courtesy

Patients rating their satisfaction with radiology departments may be more swayed by the courtesy of the receptionist and the cleanliness of the area than by any part of getting imaged or interacting with clinicians. And they’re more likely to let you know about it by electronic kiosk than by online survey. 

AHRA, Toshiba award grants for 'Putting Patients First'

Seven health systems across the country are launching education and training programs thanks to a partnership between AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management and Toshiba Medical. The ninth annual Putting Patients First grants fund development programs ranging from less invasive ultrasounds to diagnose pediatric appendicitis to imaging appropriateness training to reduce patient dose and improve workflow. 

Hospital researchers propose using safety reports to track workplace run-ins

While designed to flag threats to patient safety, hospitals’ incident reporting systems can do double duty as monitors of conflicts between healthcare workers, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in PLoS One.

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