Practice Management

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.

A team at the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson is working to create a 15-minute MRI to accommodate patients with conditions ill-suited for traditional imaging times, according to a recent UA news release.

Obese patients who undergo x-ray imaging face more than double the risk of cancer from radiation than that of ‘normal-weight’ people, according to a new U.K.-based study published in the Journal of Radiological Protection.

“We knew imaging would come back because there’s virtually nothing in health care that can happen without an image anymore,” Travis Singleton, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Merritt Hawkins, told the American Medical Association (AMA).

When staging preoperative thyroid cancer, ultra-low-dose CT with reduced contrast can produce adequate image quality while also significantly reducing radiation dose compared to standard methods, reported authors of a Dec. 17 study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

A U.K. woman created messages from a fake doctor to convince people she had brain cancer in an effort to steal money designated for her supposed treatment costs, according to BBC News reporting.

Patients wanting an MRI scan done at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India, may have to wait until the year 2020 due to the hospital having only one MRI machine in combination with an already long waiting list, according to an article published Dec. 14 by the Hindustan Times.

The former University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) radiologist convicted of writing prescriptions for non-medical reasons has been sentenced to two years in federal prison, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.