As radiology practices become larger and more specialized, communication must become more streamlined and more efficient, allowing for increased patient throughput, offline reading, and automated reporting. More sophisticated and/or automated communication, however, can come at the expense of personal interaction with patients, referring physicians and medical colleagues. This article from Applied Radiology® discusses the importance of communication and trust between radiologists and patients, as well as how communication can be improved. Read more.
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Imaging is the center of the healthcare universe in more ways than we know. Ever since Wilhelm Conrad Röentgen produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays almost 120 years ago, radiology has become fundamental to diagnostics and integral to the science of medicine. For far too long, we radiologists have spent our days in dark reading rooms, “treating” one series of images at a time instead of treating the patient as a whole. This article from Applied Radiology® discusses how we can re-center and work on patient centric care. Read more.
Exciting news! The 10th Image Wisely® Radiation Safety Case — Childsizing CT Dose: Optimizing Patient Care Through Quality Improvement – Pediatric and Adult Imaging — is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts, including dose monitoring and management. This article from ASRT catches you up to speed about this special edition of the Image Wisely series. Read more.
According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, or ASRT, the amount of radiation Americans are exposed to as a result of diagnostic medical imaging increased about sixfold from 1980 to 2006, and for the first time in history, estimates of medical radiation exposure nearly equaled those for background radiation.As radiographers have adjusted to the advent of digital radiography, they have had to refine exposure technique selection and pay closer attention to radiation protection. Newer digital technologies offer many benefits over film-screen technology, such as time savings, greater dynamic range, wider exposure latitude and postprocessing capabilities, plus advantages such as image manipulation that enable radiologists to adjust images at their […]
As the title implies, The FDA released a very interesting article regarding current initiatives to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from medical imaging machinery. Like all medical procedures, computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging exams present both benefits and risks. These types of imaging procedures have led to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical conditions. At the same time, these types of exams expose patients to ionizing radiation (hereinafter “radiation”), which may elevate a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer. A balanced public health approach seeks to support the benefits of these medical imaging exams while minimizing the risk. Read more.
New innovations in radiology are emerging at an astonishing rate, frequently from unexpected places. The same technology that powers Pokemon Go may soon have a place in the radiology lab. A simple sugar solution might help reduce patient’s radiation exposure. These breakthroughs, both high and low tech, are stealthily shaping the way radiologists will work in the very near future. This article from the McKesson Corp. discusses innovations within the radiology field. Read more.
Applied Radiology© has released a very informative article regarding how radiology groups can support the use of PAMA requirements. This will allow for better implementation of clinical decisions support solutions. Clinical decision support solutions fall broadly into two categories: Solutions that assist with ordering advanced medical imaging studies and solutions that assist with interpretation and reading. It is the former that are required by PAMA 2014 and Meaningful Use Stage 3. Currently, several solutions are commercially available. Read more.
This wonderful article from Hospitals & Health Networks® discusses the important of communication in patient care. Truly collaborative care requires efficient and effective clinical communication during patient handoffs—from the emergency department to radiology to surgery and even to the patient’s primary care physician. With most physicians and other clinicians using disparate communications platforms, however, handoffs can be uncoordinated and incomplete, leading to wasted time, unnecessary costs and unplanned outcomes. Read more.
The FDA has developed a list of the benefits and risks associated with radiation and how to balance the risks. They provide very interesting information on how to talk to your patients… <Read More>
New legislation could be the end of the modality. The radiology industry has been hearing the death knell for CR for what seems like a decade, but the cassette-based medium has persevered and remained the “little engine that could,” even as more and more hospitals and health care systems have gone digital with DR detectors. However, with new rules set to take effect next year that will reduce reimbursement for CR exams, time may be running out for CR, as an increasing number of smaller health care facilities—CR’s bread and butter as of late—are believed to be finally transitioning to DR…. <Read More>