Practice Management

The impact factor is commonly seen as a yardstick to compare the significance—and some would say quality—of a medical journal and the research contained within. But what is it really measuring?

One of the tenets of the Affordable Care Act is that once people receive healthcare coverage that allows them to access traditional primary care services, they will stop relying on expensive emergency department visits for care that could be delivered in another setting. Or will they?

Some are using the clanging rhythms of MRI scanners as musical inspiration. 

Last year, CNN.com reported that residents taking the American Board of Radiology medical physics examination recorded test questions and shared them with future examinees. Now, Gregory W. Ruhnke, MD, MS, MPH, of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, offers his own opinion on the matter in a CNN Opinion piece published online Dec. 9.

The National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) has adopted initiatives to lower radiation dose exposure by publishing NEMA XR 28-2013 Supplemental Requirements for User Information and System Function Related to Dose in CT. 

Healthcare jobs will take a hit as reimbursement shifts, according to a Boston Business Journal report. The transformation in how care is paid for will create new jobs while eliminating others, placing many in danger of losing their employment. If the position increases quality and reduces costs, it will most likely be kept, according to the report.

Transmission issues, faulty alternators and failed catalytic converters are not the type of diagnoses radiologists are used to making; then again, mechanics aren’t used to putting cars through CT scanners, either.

As the dust settles following the official shutdown of a number of federal services, the effect on medical research is becoming clearer. Organizations like the National Institutes of Health that would normally be conducting clinical trials have had to furlough thousands of employees and turn away patient volunteers.

Those working in healthcare may see a routine surgical procedure or imaging exam as totally unremarkable, just one of many medical tasks to perform or support on any given day. For patients, however, even the most routine procedures may cause unease.

The BrainSuite, an intraoperative imaging suite housed in the Patient Pavilion at Albany Medical Center in New York, is set to become fully operational on Sept. 4. Recently the center hosted members of the media for a tour of the new facility.

The FDA has approved an implantable spinal cord stimulation device designed to block pain that’s safe for patients who need to undergo full-body MRI.

As Congress went to recess last week, one item of business left unfinished was an extension of the Federal Helium Reserve  program, a reservoir of the gas that accounts for 40 percent of the U.S. consumption, according to the Washington Post.