Radiologists continue their quest to elevate patient outcomes while minimizing risks. Contrast-enhanced mammography, a method incorporating iodine into the diagnostic process, fine-tunes sensitivity and dials down the quantity of false-positives.
Technologies, procedures, professional societies, awareness campaigns, accreditation requirements, regulations—numerous factors figure prominently in the widening effort to reduce exposure risks for radiology staffers and patients. We’ll take a look at where things stand.
Harnessing a trove of real-time, actionable information and promptly delivering it where it is most needed, data analytics is having an effect that can be felt resoundingly in every corner of the modern radiology practice.
Health care practitioners must be ever vigilant to stay ahead of any unforeseen crisis. Find out what radiologists are doing to protect against uncertainties without missing a beat in the present.
Reporter’s Notebook: News From SNMMI 2019
Zero in on some highlights from the organization’s annual meeting and catch up on the latest industry chatter.
Following the Trends
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Compliant Coding and Documentation for Physician Assistants
Less Margin for Error
New advances in imaging technology indicate that there is enormous possibility for more accurately calculating tumor margins. We take a look at how these advanced devices and methods can potentially help not only surgeons, but radiologists as well.
From the Drawing Board to the Clinic
Recent findings have shown that MRI can be a useful tool in examining demyelinating disorders—in particular, multiple sclerosis. Through brain imaging scans, researchers have made promising discoveries in regard to the specifics of demyelination.
With the transition from CR to DR complete across a wide swath of the industry, there is a wealth of potential for AI to improve image quality, informatics, and diagnoses. We examine some of the key features of the latest tech that is poised to improve DR.
Lack of Awareness
Proton therapy is an emerging treatment for several types of cancer due to its targeted radiation. We outline some of the benefits and drawbacks of proton therapy, and how it’s projected to grow in the coming years.
Tuning Up Physician Communications
Breast Density and Risk-Based Screening
By utilizing several different AI applications, imaging informatics can be optimized for both radiologists and their patients. We examine the ways this technology is developing and its practical uses in patient care.
New guidelines from the American College of Physicians have sparked a new round of discussions about breast cancer screening intervals, and experts with contrasting opinions on the subject are weighing in.
The mention of clinical decision support/authorized use criteria changes may have some filled with dread, but the effects of this legislation are not all negative. We take a look at how health care facilities can manage this new requirement and engineer a low-stress transition into their practices.
As imaging displays improve, so does the efficiency and quality of radiological care. Several vanguards of this new technology explain how these improvements refine calibration, accuracy, and color when it comes to medical imaging.
Noninvasive Cancer Imaging
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A View From Health Care’s Leading Edge
Managing to Succeed
A New Lease on Technology
UFE Safer, Equally Effective as Surgery for Uterine Fibroids
AI Streamlines Ovarian Cancer Prognosis
A Game of Catch-Up
The radiology industry still leaves much of its data and analytics in the hands of humans. We’ll explore how, through the collaboration of AI and human decision making, analytical processes can be streamlined to operate more effectively for both patients and clinicians.
A concern in the digital era for radiological technologists is poor ergonomics in the workplace. We’ll consider ways in which technologists can become more ergonomically aware on the job, as well as how hospitals can improve the function of their workspace to minimize injury.
Radiologists must face the issue of how and when to provide reports to both patients and providers. This decision, though, falls to each practice to determine what is best for their patient demographic. We take a look at some variables to consider.
Due to a rise in demand for urgent care centers, these clinics must adapt to more efficiently and accurately treat patients. Ultrasound is fulfilling this need in many ways; we’ll help you get a read on where radiology fits into this evolving business model.
Some Catching Up to Do
There’s an App for That
Just What the Doctor Ordered
The Whole Picture
Given its sensitivity, PET has long been perceived as the go-to modality for noninvasive functional imaging. However, its signal-to-noise ratio has presented challenges. Total-body PET/CT, a new integration of the two technologies, is poised to change things for the better.
Is Lung Cancer Screening Underused?
A growing body of evidence suggests that low-dose CT screening can significantly reduce mortality for smokers. We take a look at efforts to realize the potential of this preventive measure, as well as some variables that are shaping the narrative.
Casting a Wider Net
Once considered a stopgap measure, teleradiology has come into its own, becoming a first-line option and an indispensable adjunct to the modern radiology practice.
The longstanding peer review model has its advantages and drawbacks. Several innovators have prototyped a new peer learning model and are eager to share their very promising results.
Bold Investments in AI
Prostate Artery Embolization for BPH
Breast Density 2019: Are You Ready?
Managing to Succeed
Recipe for Success
A Softer Touch
Reconstructive surgery is an art that imitates life. With the help of cutting-edge photogrammetry, physicians are taking 3D-generated prosthetics to the next level; we’ll share some strategies for optimizing outcomes for patients throughout the life cycle.
The Case for Compartmentalizing
While strides are being made and countless lives are being saved, breast cancer diagnosis is still associated with considerable anxiety, time, and expense. A new approach, three-compartment breast imaging, may be just what the doctor ordered.
A Truer Measure of Addiction
Can the physiological attributes of a substance abuser be quantified, even mitigated? Radiologists are chiming in on this age-old conundrum, and we think you’ll agree that their findings merit a prominent place in the discussion.
A steadily evolving modality, MRI is fast becoming an indispensable diagnostic and predictive asset. Radiology Today checks in with some key players in the industry, who’ll bring you up to speed on some potentially game-changing refinements.
Reporter’s Notebook: News From SIR 2019
The Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual event, recently held in Austin, Texas, was a trove of information and insight; check out some of our favorite take-aways.
A Viable Alternative
As radiology practices concede that the longstanding PACS model faces an uphill battle in keeping up with the times, vendor-neutral archives and enterprise imaging are figuring prominently in the discussion.
No Small Feat
Physicians face daunting odds when treating a young patient who is diagnosed with liver cancer. We are pleased to report that a new IR-centric, catheter-based option utilizing TARE-Y90 is delivering hope—and results.
A New Frontier
Trending steadily upward with the help of innovative enhancements, DR is helping radiologists achieve multiple goals: improved image quality, reduced dose, and, ultimately, a significantly enhanced patient experience.
Radiologists are not immune to stress-related consequences on the job. We check in with experts on addressing the particular aspects of burnout associated with the profession.
Deidentification Done Right
Complication Rates, Costs of Lung Procedures May Be Underestimated
Managing to Succeed
Opportunity and Concern: A New World of Patient Data
With heart arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation on the rise, catheter ablation is continuing to gain traction in the industry. Some effective new tools, including intracardiac echocardiography and electroanatomic mapping systems, are improving the odds of long-term success.
A Feeling Out Process
Using a cutting-edge technique that applies mathematical equations to measured greyscale pixels, tumor texture analysis produces nuanced cancer images that can streamline the diagnostic process.
Fits Like a Glove
Versatility, suitability for outpatient scenarios, even the ever-present promise of AI—all figure prominently in the fast-evolving C-arm landscape. Radiology Today puts the latest information at your fingertips to keep your practice ahead of the curve.
The blood-brain barrier must be approached with caution, particularly when medication must cross the threshold. An ingenious technique that utilizes microbubbles—lipids full of gas—in conjunction with focused ultrasound is enabling physicians to more effectively penetrate the brain’s protective layer.
Fear, Hype, Hope, and Reality
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Getting Specific With Unlisted CPT Codes
More Than a Quick Peek
With digital refinements moving to the forefront, MRI technologies are advancing rapidly and improved visualization is quickly becoming available. Manufacturers are working hard to integrate the latest software and hardware technologies into their scanners; we'll take a deep dive and make sure you're up to speed.
Alzheimer's disease is profoundly affecting quality of life for an alarming number of American families, with projections steadily increasing as the population ages. While there is no cure and prospects remain limited, a deep learning algorithm could make a substantial difference in the all-important predictive stages.
Given that scans show dense breast tissue as white, and cancers appear white as well, cancers can be harder to spot among women with dense breast tissue. Augmented intelligence, however, is making strides to level the playing field for this at-risk population.
We examine how some experts are streamlining their efforts to reduce cumulative radiation doses for everyone—internal and external—affected by the radiology process.
News From RSNA 2018
Managing to Succeed
Should Biomedical Engineers Service Imaging Equipment?
A Swarm of Insight
AI continues to assert itself in the radiology world. The latest? A research team has shown that when doctors work together in real time and combine their expertise with AI, they can diagnose the presence of pneumonia with even more accuracy than either alone. We'll find out what this means going forward.
A Link to a Better Marketplace?
Blockchain has the potential to link digital imaging players more efficiently and securely than ever, but there are a number of variables to consider. In this article, industry experts weigh in on scalability, long-term considerations, and getting in synch with this fast-evolving marketplace.
The 411 on CTC
CT colonography is getting its fair share of attention lately as lawmakers push for Medicaid coverage and physicians reconsider screening intervals. Radiology Today takes a look at the latest developments that are shaping the discussions.
5 Things to Watch in 2019: Observations From RSNA 2018
RSNA 2018 provided a fountain of insights about up-and-coming developments in the radiology world. Check out our list of the top five things we'll be keeping an eye on as the year unfolds.
A Page Turner
Billing and Coding
Another New Year of Codes
Toning Down the Contrast
Letter to the Editor