Practice Management

A pair of specialists recently took on the topic of the word "cancer" in a Jan. 23 viewpoint published in The BMJ, arguing that changing the terminology could ease patient anxiety or create more fear.

Implementing a quality improvement initiative in a radiology department can enhance overall patient experience, identify opportunities for improvement in the department and address the effectiveness of interventions aimed to mend gaps in patient care, according to research published in Radiology.  

A recent survey conducted by the American Society of Radiation Technologists (ASRT) found a small increase in the number of students enrolled in radiography and nuclear medicine programs, with the largest enrollment gains seen in radiation therapy programs.

German researchers found approximately 95 percent of head CT scans of patients wearing eye protectors during an exam showed image artifacts, according to research published online Jan. 15 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. In almost a quarter of cases the eye lens was improperly positioned.

A new wider MRI machine at OSF Center for Health in Peoria, Illinois has taken some of the anxiety out of the exam experience, but the center’s new suite is making an even larger impact, according to a recent report by the Journal Star.

The Vancouver risk calculator (VRC) offers superior guidance for predicting the risk of malignancy in patients receiving CT lung cancer screening compared to the American College of Radiology Lung Imaging Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS), according to a new study.

When it comes to follow-up imaging, location matters. That’s what authors of a new study found after comparing patient locations during initial imaging with the likelihood they came back for follow-up imaging.

A new Medscape survey of more than 15,000 U.S. physicians found that 44 percent of radiologists were burned out and 15 percent of overall respondents feel depressed. Roughly 600 of those surveyed work in radiology.

A coordinated program to reduce fluoroscopy radiation resulted in a three- to eight-fold reduction in high-dose procedures performed over an eight-year period, according to a single-center study published Jan. 15 in Radiology.

Virtual video visits can replace office visits for patients without compromising healthcare quality and communication, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston reported in a new study published online in the American Journal of Managed Care. If used appropriately, virtual video visits from radiologists and other clinicians could improve patient-centered care.

When incidental findings are detected, follow-up imaging is usually recommended. But when it comes to indeterminate abdominal findings, more than 36 percent of patients did not return for follow-up imaging, according to a single-center study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Researchers led by Soterios Gyftopoulos, MD, radiologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center in New York City, found that adding the role to standard ED workflow decreased CT workup time by 35 percent and completion time by 22 percent, according to findings published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.