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December 2014

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Ultrasound-Accelerated Thrombolysis
A recent study has shown no significant advantages to using a new thrombosis reduction therapy called ultrasound-accelerated thrombolysis over the current standard, catheter-directed thrombolysis. Now, many interventional radiologists say that they will take a wait-and-see approach before deciding which procedure to use.

Epic Change?
More and more people are trying to decide whether to utilize RIS/EMR or not. Increasingly, the answer seems to be affirmative, thanks in large part to Epic's Radiant RIS. For health care organizations that already use Epic's EMR, the lure of Radiant can be hard to resist.

Reporter's Notebook: ASTRO 2014
Learn about the latest research findings presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th annual meeting, held in San Francisco in September.

Radiology Today Interview: Setting Up an MRI Safety Program
MRI expert Tobias Gilk discusses a variety of topics related to safety and best practices in the final installment of this exclusive two-part interview with Radiology Today.

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Editor's Note
Integrating Doctors, Not Just Computers

Imaging Informatics
Imaging Archive Migration

Radiology Billing and Coding
2015 Coding Changes

On the Case

Products and Services

MRI Monitor

CT Slice

RSNA Product and Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions

November 2014

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More Than a Software Program
Knowing that an added emphasis must be placed on “as low as reasonably achievable” when dealing with children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia began addressing dose reduction a decade ago, and a multidisciplinary committee continues to tweak its protocols for CT and other modalities that produce ionizing radiation.

Sound Familiar?
Traditionally, hospitals have relied on their radiology departments to be revenue centers. However, because volume is down in hospitals, reimbursements are down across the board, even in imaging departments. As a result, radiology departments have had to find new ways to deal with rising costs and decreasing reimbursements.

Employment, Mergers and Joint Ventures
From 2010 to 2013, the number of radiology groups has dropped by 10%, partially due to the consolidation of groups but also because radiologists are leaving private practices for institutional employment. Additionally, many groups are taking a cautious approach to recruiting while they wait and see how the Affordable Care Act and other aspects of health care reform affect them. As a result, hospitals have more leverage than ever when dealing with radiologists. And radiologists may now be willing to listen.

Radiology Today Interview: A Practical Approach to MRI Safety
MRI expert Tobias Gilk gives an exclusive interview with Radiology Today to discuss a variety of topics related to safety and best practices in part one of this two-part series.

RSNA 2014 Navigation Guide
Here’s Radiology Today’s annual guide to the RSNA exhibit hall.

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Editor’s Note
RSNA at 100

Imaging Informatics
Connecting Remote Locations in Canada

On the Case

Managing to Succeed
Radiology Mergers

Product and Service Showcase

Products and Services

Radiology Billing and Coding
The ICD-10 Delay

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

October 2014

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Adding Value
Value-based care has created a need for radiologists to rethink their roles. While image interpretation remains a radiologist’s core contribution, many are finding other ways to add value to patient care.

Knowing the Score
In addition to identifying typical risk factors, cardiologists are increasingly turning to coronary artery calcium scoring obtained with a noncontrast CT scan of the heart in selected patients as one of the best available tests to refine cardiac risk assessment.

Automated Breast Ultrasound
As dense breast notification mandates continue to gain traction across the country, this diagnostic tool has begun to gain acceptance as an approved adjunct to screening mammography in women with dense breasts. As a result, more imaging centers are now considering installing their own systems but first must consider factors such as workflow and cost.

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Editor’s Note
Proving Value

Billing and Coding
Tips To Avoid OIG Work Plan Scrutiny

Imaging Informatics
Is Your CPOE Ready for ICD-10?

MRI Monitor
MR Images Assess Infant Brain Growth; Combining MRI and US Improves Prostate Imaging; Long-Term Issues After Correcting Congenital Heart Disease

Guest Commentary
Staff Scheduling

On the Case

Interventional Update
Vertebral Augmentation

Second Opinions

September 2014

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Retrofit Upgrade
Direct DR has several advantages over CR, but the price of new equipment is a factor when upgrading. As a result, many facilities should consider retrofitting their current CR systems with DR to make the transition more affordable.

On Displays: How Monitor Technology Is Evolving in Imaging
As technology evolves, the displays used by radiologists are also evolving, with marked improvements in lighting, screen size, color, and calibration. However, questions about their effectiveness remain.

Shopping for Transcription
Despite the shift to radiologists editing their own dictations, many imaging organizations still need transcriptionists. When searching for ways to cut costs, it’s important to shop wisely to find the person or service that best fits the transcription-related needs.

MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy
Precise adaptive radiation therapy guided by real-time MRI images could prove a significant advance in radiation oncology. With that in mind, companies have begun to develop programs that offer image guidance during treatment without exposing patients to additional ionizing radiation.

2014 Annual Buyers’ Guide
Don’t miss our annual directory of the latest imaging products and services.

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Editor’s Note
Keep Calm and Carry on to the Next Age

Imaging Informatics
EHR Search Tools

Radiology Billing and Coding
Documentation Tips for Optimal Coding 

News Scan
Brain Scans Show Potential Warning Signs for PTSD

Datebook

Product and Services

Second Opinions

 

August 2014

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Technology Update: DR
In part 2 of Radiology Today’s discussion on DR technology updates, four manufacturers add their observations about current market trends and provide an overview of their latest products.

Improving Stroke Assessment
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a new technique that utilizes MRI and can predict with 95% accuracy which ischemic stroke patients could benefit from the use of a clot-busting drug and which could suffer potentially lethal brain bleeding.

Reading Room Redux
As technology continues to evolve, the space in which radiologists work has become more important. As a result, they now have a bigger say in how their workspace looks and feels in order to ensure maximum productivity.

Business Analytics
Benchmarking business processes and performance metrics for industry best practices through the use of major surveys rose to prominence in the 1980s, and recently several companies have begun filling the growing need for specialty-specific data.

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Editor’s Note

Managing to Succeed
Update Your Patient Dose Policies and Procedures

Imaging Informatics
Quantitative Imaging Tools

Women’s Imaging News
Coding for Percutaneous Breast Procedures

CT Slice
Cosmos Lung Cancer Screening Protocol Results; Researchers Identify Key MSERS Characteristics

News Scan
MRI Exam May Help Diagnose ADHD; Gamma and Neutron Radiation May Someday Avoid Biopsy; Study Supports Mammography for Early Breast Cancer Reduction

Datebook

July 2014

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Quality Metrics
Measures of physician competence, patient satisfaction, operational efficiency, patient safety, and study appropriateness will be important in value-based care, so forward-thinking organizations are developing their own measures to prove their worth.

Workflow, Image Quality, and Dose Reduction
In part 1 of Radiology Today’s discussion on DR technology updates, manufacturers provide a look at the latest innovations and advances.

Pursuing PAD
Interventional radiologists are treating peripheral arterial disease using various clinical approaches and practice arrangements.

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Editor’s Note

Imaging Informatics
Tracking Incidental Findings

Managing to Succeed
Imaging Creates Smart Dashboards

MRI Monitor
Implantable Sensor Measures Brain Tumor Oxygen

Ultrasound News

Molecular Imaging News

AHRA Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

June 2014

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Advancing Visualization
Learn how radiologists are using quantitative tools to bolster their collaboration with other physicians.

Still Sensible
While DR may be the future, equipment improvements and decreasing prices are allowing CR to remain a viable imaging solution for various practices.

New Option
Experts discuss Benvenue’s Kiva VCF Treatment System and whether it provides more benefits to patient care than current vertebral compression fracture treatment options.

Reporter’s Notebook: ARRS 2014
Here’s a compilation of what’s new and noteworthy from the American Roentgen Ray Society’s annual meeting in May.

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Editor’s Note
Make Your Case

Research Review

Imaging Informatics
Patient-Centric EMR

CT Slice
Plaque Analysis May Improve Risk Assessment; New Safety Material Targets CT Perfusion

On the Case

Radiology Billing and Coding
Where to Look for Answers

Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

 

May 2014

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Beyond Automated Transcription
Templates and structured reports help to streamline workflow and improve the quality of communication between radiologists and referring physicians.

Molecular Breast Imaging
Physicians and industry experts discuss this modality’s role in breast cancer detection.

Reporter’s Notebook: SIR 2014
Here’s a look at some of the latest research presented at the society’s annual meeting.

Technology Update: PET
Manufacturers are expanding their PET/CT capabilities to include more quantitative data to help improve patient care.

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Editor’s Note
Temporary Fix, Permanent Benefit

Imaging Informatics
The Future of VNAs

Molecular Imaging News
PET May Predict Future Cognitive Decline

On the Case

Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Guest Commentary
Go Beyond Technical Skills and Teach Professionalism

Products and Services

Datebook

Second Opinions

April 2014

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Imaging at HIMSS
The recent health care IT extravaganza in Orlando illustrated how medical imaging is becoming more integrated into EHRs—and changing radiology’s relationship with enterprise IT.

Breast Density
Experts discuss how to best notify and screen patients with dense breast tissue.

Enterprise Image Sharing
Learn how HIM professionals can work with radiology departments to implement image-sharing technologies within their organizations.

Technology Update: CT
Aside from reducing dose, manufacturers also are trying to make their scanners faster, easier to use, and more accurate.

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Editor’s Note
Value-Based Imaging

Imaging Informatics
A Better Connection

On the Case

Radiology Billing and Coding
Four Keys to Better Charge Capture

MRI Monitor
MRI May Predict Cardiovascular Events; 7T MRI Study Images Parkinson’s Disease

Datebook

Imaging IT Buyers’ Guide

News Scan

Second Opinions

March 2014

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Ultrasound Screening
Experts discuss the potential benefits and issues of using automated breast ultrasound as a breast cancer screening tool.

A Different Energy
Manufacturers are pursuing spectral CT advancements to access more diagnostic information and improve patient care.

Technology Update: Mobile C-Arm
Learn more about how the market may look very different than the last time your organization purchased such equipment.

Reporter’s Notebook: IR News From ISET
Read about some of the research that was presented as part of the latest International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy.

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Editor’s Note
A Giant Anniversary

Imaging Informatics
Hybrid VNA

On the Case

Radiology Billing and Coding
Big Changes for Vascular Embolization

Managing to Succeed
Hospital Relationships — Improving Alignment While Maintaining Independence

MRI Monitor
Mapping Creatine Helps Spot Heart Problems Earlier; MRI With NIRS Avoids Breast Biopsies

Product & Service Showcase

News Scan

Datebook

Second Opinions

February 2014

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Coming Soon?
Experts discuss the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and how radiology practices should prepare for this transition in health care.

Technology Update: MRI
The newest MRI offerings focus on increasing patient comfort, lowering noise, and expanding into more clinical areas.

Building a Low-Dose Culture
Learn how to implement this kind of culture where everyone from radiologists to ordering physicians to patients understand the importance of dose reduction.

Radiology’s Future in Big Data
Radiology Today interviewed imaging informatics expert Eliot Siegel, MD, about his thoughts on its future in radiology.

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Editor’s Note
The Twain Have Met...at HIMSS

Imaging Informatics
Improving Pediatric X-Ray Protocols

On the Case

Product & Service Showcase

Guest Commentary
Imaging Analytics

Products and Services

Radiology Billing and Coding
Career Change Culture Shock

Datebook

Second Opinions

January 2014

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Five Things to Watch in 2014
Here’s our annual list about some of the key items from RSNA that we think will prove noteworthy this year and beyond.

Reporter’s Notebook: RSNA 2013
Read about the latest findings from December’s annual meeting.

Renal Denervation
Researchers are investigating whether this minimally invasive catheter-based technique is an effective treatment for drug-resistant high blood pressure and other diseases involving overactive sympathetic nerves.

Small Steps Protect Little Feet
Learn how radiologists and imaging manufacturers are trying to reduce radiation dose for pediatric patients.

Dense Breast Tissue and Screening
Radiology Today discussed dense breast tissue notification laws with Carol H. Lee, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR’s Communications Committee of the Breast Imaging Commission and past president of the Society of Breast Imaging.

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Editor's Note
Off We Go...

News Scan

Imaging Informatics
Sharing Images Outside of PACS

CT Slice
Women and Men Have Similar Heart Risk Profiles; CT Data and 3D Printers Re-create Dinosaur Fossils

Guest Commentary
Forecasting a New Reality for Radiology

On the Case

Products and Services

Radiology Billing and Coding
Changes for 2014

Research Review

Product & Service Showcase

Datebook

Second Opinions