Quality

For patients without a breast cancer diagnosis, receiving second-opinion interpretations of breast imaging exams relieve anxiety while reducing patient morbidity and healthcare costs, according to a study published May 19 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

A new option for training interventional radiologists in noninvasive procedures allows physicians to replicate patients’ blood vessels in a 3D-printed model, researchers announced at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.

The cost of MRI research and technology production may soon significantly decrease in price due to newly developed magnetic materials from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) MISiS Engineering Center for Industrial Technologies in Moscow.  

The FDA announced Dec. 19 that it’s requiring a new class warning and additional safety measures for all gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for MRIs. 

As electronic health records (EHRs), interoperability and value-based care have grown more important in healthcare, an increasing number of providers are tasking IT departments with developing, implementing and managing complex enterprise imaging (EI) strategies. And one of the biggest components of any EI strategy is its ability to properly store the massive amounts of data the provider produces on a daily basis.

With allegations of sexual misconduct flooding recent headlines, a study presented at RSNA 2017 examining how radiology can offer clues in cases of identifying domestic abuse and sexual assault proved especially relevant.  

According to the 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care," every person with access to healthcare will experience at least one diagnostic error in her lifetime. The diagnostic process for clinicians can be complex and requires collaboration between patients, clinicians and healthcare providers to provide the best treatment plan. There remains room for improvement in reducing diagnostic error, as discussed during a Nov. 28 session at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

When it comes to inserting cannulas in the radial arteries of pediatric CCU patients, ultrasound guidance is superior to manual palpation, according to a study running in the December edition of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

What determines value in medicine will differ based on specialty, but what should radiologists consider when trying to maximize value in imaging? "The Value of Imaging," a Nov. 26 session at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, aimed to provide answers.

Health Imaging spoke with RSNA President Richard Ehman, MD, professor of radiology and Blanche R. & Richard J. Erlanger Professor of Medical Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to discuss a few final thoughts about RSNA 2017 in Chicago, which ended Thurs., Nov. 30. 

The disconnect over CT radiation discussions between emergency-room providers and the patients they serve may be wider than expected in the Image Wisely era. At one site, a new survey has shown that more than three-quarters of providers thought they’d routinely discussed radiation doses with CT patients—while fewer than one-quarter of patients said they’d been so informed.

Should patients be able to receive their radiology reports directly from radiologists? Or should they only be allowed access when chaperoned by a qualified medical professional? Two experts holding opposing views on the matter go toe-to-toe in articles published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.