Practice Management

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are performing more image-guided procedures, but nonphysician providers (NPPs) still read relatively few diagnostic imaging exams, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Medical student applications for radiology residency programs has remained stable, but authors of a new editorial published in Academic Radiology believe the specialty will face upcoming challenges that warrant improved recruitment strategies.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) was picked by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to train physicians to classify pneumoconiosis on chest x-rays, a specialist otherwise known as a “B Reader.”

Using imaging markers such as gummy candies or a plastic, fish-shaped container can alleviate children’s anxieties during MRI exams and cut costs for radiology departments, according to a recent Australian study published in BMJ Open.

Patients with a family or personal history of allergic reactions to contrast media are in danger of experiencing future reactions, according to a study published Sept. 3 in Radiology.  

“Like all aspects of medicine, it's important to make sure imaging is justified, and that the potential benefits are balanced against the potential harms," said lead author Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD.

State Sen. Mike Maroney of West Virginia has been charged with soliciting prostitution on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Maroney is a radiologist in the state, according to WOWK 13 News report.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has published an open letter Aug. 19, explaining its decision earlier this year to recommend against gonadal and fetal shielding during x-ray exams.

A Germanstown, Penn. couple was awarded $8.5 million in damages after a jury determined two doctors failed to report radiological findings that may have prevented a major surgery, according to reporting from the Morning Call.

Radiologists are performing a larger share of paracentesis and thoracentesis procedures in Medicare patients compared to nonradiologists, according to an analysis published Aug. 14 in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

More women are exposed to gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in their first trimester compared to the later weeks of pregnancy, according to an Aug. 20 study published in Radiology. But some experts warn this information should not lead to drastic conclusions.

An assistant professor for radiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston was arrested in July as part of an undercover ‘sting’ aimed at nabbing sexual predators online, according to KPRC Click2Houston.