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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 But new research in the New England Journal of Medicine argues such safety concerns are incorrected and outdated.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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Mentoring programs can help build the future of radiology

James Rawson, MD, radiology chair at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, has a lot of experience with developing relationships between new recruits and those who are more established in the field of radiology. On Thursday, Dec. 1, Rawson will discuss the importance of developing future leaders in radiology in a presentation titled, “Mentors, Mentees and Mentoring in Radiology.” 

RSNA 2016: Knowing the importance of communication between radiologists, physicians, patients

Though radiologists spend a majority of their time interpreting images behind a computer screen, proper communication with both referring physicians and patients still plays a significant role in providing the best care possible.

RSNA 2016: Radiologists must find dosing’s sweet spot to optimize patient safety

Too many radiologists think only about dose reduction when they hear “radiology” and “patient safety” in the same sentence, according to Ehsan Samei, PhD, professor of radiology at Duke University.

RSNA 2016: Social media and radiology are a perfect match

Social media is everywhere these days, and this quick and easy method of communication is being utilized across the country in almost every industry. 

New immunotherapy cancer vaccine to be tested in clinical trial

A new immunotherapy cancer vaccine meant to treat patients with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is being tested in a clinical trial.

Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Customer Satisfaction

For over 40 consecutive quarters—from the mid-2000s to 2016—Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas has been ranked as the  #1 Computed Radiography (CR) manufacturer for customer satisfaction by MD Buyline, an independent organization that provides hospitals and health systems with evidence-based research and consulting services to advise hospitals on critical purchasing decisions.

Rad report grading systems: The quality metric of tomorrow or a step too far?

In the Journal of the American College of Radiology, author Richard E. Heller III, MD, MBA, recently concluded an article by saying radiology needs a “new and gradable standard” for written radiology reports. Is this a good idea? A bad one?

10 tips: How and why to hold a radiology-based ‘readiness huddle’ each and every day

From hospital-system sprawl to e-health screen staring, today’s modes of healthcare delivery often end up keeping radiology-department members and stakeholders from collaborating with one another in person. At Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, the imaging department is defying these currents. 

New cancer drug approved to treat leukemia

A new cancer-fighting drug meant to help treat leukemia and solid tumors was approved by the European Union. 

Radiation safety: ‘Who’s minding the children?’

The overuse of imaging and its potential harms in pediatric settings—especially exposure of children to ionizing radiation from CT scans—is so pressing an issue that it must be addressed urgently and systematically, according to the authors of a Viewpoint article published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

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