Practice Management

A record number of patients in Scotland are waiting more than six weeks for imaging exams and treatment, according to recent statistics obtained by Scotland’s The Herald.  

Radiologists are mildly happy at work compared to other physician specialties, according to Medscape’s 2019 Radiology Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report, with only 25 percent claiming to be "very or extremely happy" in the workplace.

“These suggestions can help clinics and providers make changes to how they communicate screening mammogram results,” wrote Biren A. Shah, MD, of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, in a recent Journal of the American College of Radiology study.

“While the traditional process of hiring may serve the intended purpose to a great extent, tried and tested techniques from innovative organizations such as Google may be of value to consider," wrote Hardik U. Shah, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, in a Feb. 13 study.

A team of researchers identified gadolinium from MRI contrast in gliomas, adjacent normal brain tissue and necrosis, according to a study published in Neuroradiology.

Administrators at the NHS Highland health board in Scotland have been accused of “blacklisting” after refusing to hire three veteran radiologists amid a severe staff shortage, according to a report in The Herald.

When imaging pediatric patients, dual-energy head CT decreased radiation dosage, reduced artifacts and maintained a high-quality image compared to conventional head CT protocols, reported authors of a Feb. 7 study published in Clinical Imaging.

Leadership at St. Mary Medical Center is threatening to eliminate contracts the hospital has with certain physician groups, including its radiology department, as a result of a long-brewing feud between physicians and administrators at the Long Beach, Florida institution, according to letters obtained by the Long Beach Post.

Visually assessing diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) infarct volumes proved to be inaccurate and, when using DAWN criteria, would have led to wrong decisions on thrombectomy in 19 percent of cases, according to a recent study in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

The authors of a recent Academic Radiology study surveyed 51 interventional and diagnostic radiology program directors across the country to get a better idea of how programs are recruiting medical students.

A study investigating the differences between healthy brains and those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has produced a map of more than 24,000 AD-related datapoints, according to authors of the research published Feb. 4 in Communications Biology. They claim it is one of the largest datasets of its kind.

As the Super Bowl approaches, the NFL has announced concussions are down nearly 24 percent over the past season. This led a University of Calgary researcher to reexamine the role of medical imaging in such brain injuries.