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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. 


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Self-examination is crucial before making drastic MACRA-related changes

It’s official: The reporting window for MACRA has begun. While CMS has eased the reporting requirements for 2017, calling it a transition year, practices aiming for full participation still need to report all of the required measurements for a continuous period of at least 90 days. In fact, groups looking to maximize their chances of a positive adjustment should report as much data as possible, according to CMS.

Group working steadily to increase the visibility—and number—of women in radiology

Female radiologists have made strides increasing their presence and visibility over the 35 years since the 1981 founding of the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR). However, their numbers continue to lag far behind those of their male counterparts, especially in leadership positions. 

How to track inconsistencies in CT protocol usage

The CT Protocol team at the University of Wisconsin have created a methodology for measuring organizational adherence to standardized CT protocols, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Based on finding outliers in a large pool of scanning data, the workflows can be scaled to any size practice and are intended to help imaging centers identify problems.

5 tips for rolling patient-centered care into radiology

Radiology departments and practices can incorporate principles of patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) into clinical operations without hampering productivity. Every upgrade to radiology equipment and environment represents a new opportunity to engage patients and their families. And PFCC is “a collaborative process—a journey, not a destination.” 

Imaging leaders can't let pushback stop them from improving quality

I attended a lot of great presentations at RSNA 2016 in Chicago, but the one by Paul J. Chang, MD, on Nov. 28 had perhaps the biggest impact on me. 

Heavy overnight shifting takes a toll on emergency rads, although some prefer its payoffs

Emergency radiologists who work lots of overnight shifts and/or shifts longer than nine hours tend to feel less healthy, closer to burnout and more dissatisfied with their work than emergency rads who have more humane schedules, according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

RSNA 2016: Radiologist burnout is real; here's how to fix it

With long hours, seamlessly never-ending workloads and frequent isolation, radiologists are increasingly experiencing burnout. It’s a problem that can have serious effects on one’s work if not addressed properly. But considering the nature of the business, burnout can be hard to prevent and manage within realistic limits of the profession.

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.