Practice Management

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.

Researchers led by Martina F. Callaghan, PhD, from the University College London Wellcome Center for Human Neuroimaging in London, found that tattoo-related adverse reactions from MRIs are possible—but come at low risk, according to a correspondence recently published online in the New England Journal of Medicine

A radiologist who runs a private practice in Florida was arrested in Auburn, Massachusetts, Sunday for illegal possession of a handgun and for allegedly offering to pay for sex, according to a report by the Boston Globe.

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.