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Editor's e-Note
You’ve met people who have a natural way of relating to others that puts people at ease and makes them feel heard. I envy such people. While some people have the knack, it is not just a knack. Relating to people also can be learned and practiced as a process. The hospitality industry, among others, understands this concept and uses it to enhance its customers’ experience. Increasingly, health care organizations are adopting to differentiate themselves from competitors and succeed in a value-based reimbursement environment.

— Jim Knaub, editor
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Studying the Patient Experience in Imaging
By Jim Knaub

According to a 2014 paper on patient experience in the radiology department of the MD Anderson Cancer Center published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, there are differences between what patients and radiologists see as a quality patient experience. For example, in the study’s survey, radiologists considered convenient scheduling, patient comfort, and prompt response to questions to be the key drivers of a positive patient experience. However, patients most valued physicians and staff listening to and acknowledging their concerns and treating them with respect.

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Worth Repeating
“Our study provides the strongest evidence to date that fitness in an older adult population can have substantial benefits to brain health in terms of the functional connections of different regions of the brain.”

Arthur Kramer, PhD, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Illinois on the results of a study that found that the strength of brain connections in older adults varied with fitness level
Other Imaging News
MRI Shows Injuries Caused by Childbirth
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that some women take up to eight months or more to heal from pelvic injuries sustained during childbirth.

Patient Mood Can Impact Medical Procedure Results
RSNA is reporting on a study that found that patients feeling stress, fear, or hostility prior to an IR procedure could lead to a poorer overall outcome.

Study Shows Brain Function Differs in Obese Children
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Study Links Fatty Liver and Heart Failure in Obese People
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