Practice Management

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.

Burnout is typically characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a sense of low personal accomplishment. According to a recent Academic Radiology survey, a large portion of academic radiology department chairs are experiencing at least one or more of these symptoms.

NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Florida, confirmed reports that at least four of its radiologists plan to leave the hospital, according to a Fox 4 Southwest Florida story.

Fourteen years ago, radiologist Dean R. Ball, DO, founded a breast imaging practice to meet the needs of the underserved communities in and surrounding Youngstown, Ohio. Today, the practice Ball founded, Tiffany Breast Care Center, employs 16 mammography staffers, up from five in 2004. Although the practice has grown significantly, Ball is committed to reading the X-ray images for each of his patients—which is upwards of 15,000 annually.

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in all of New Jersey. In fact, the 781-bed teaching and research hospital—which first opened its doors in Hackensack back in 1888—was ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospital rankings for the entire state.

A new article published in Radiology explores the barriers patients face in undergoing lung cancer screening (LCS), and more importantly, what radiologists can do to encourage their participation.

It may be time for diagnostic radiologists to begin thinking differently. That is according to a viewpoint article published Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which argued the specialty must act as gatekeepers to combat wasted imaging.

New research suggests the percentage of women who undergo cervical cancer screenings is much lower than national data has reported, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

Long wait times can negatively impact patient satisfaction, which then harms the patient-centered, value-based care imaging departments seek to provide. But collecting the necessary data for improvements can be difficult, according to the authors of a case study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.

New research has found that significant differences in radiation dose from CT scans is credited to how medical staff uses imaging scanners. However, setting more consistent dose standards through changes in CT protocols is possible, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in The BMJ.

Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee have found that a smartphone app may serve as an effective and valuable workplace-based education tool to help decrease the amount of incorrectly ordered scans, according to research published Jan. 2 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.