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Editor's e-Note
It was rewarding to meet some of you at the AHRA conference in Orlando late last month. Themes included effective leadership, value-based care, and improving the patient experience.

Our E-News Exclusive takes a closer look at another aspect of AHRA 2018: the spirit of giving back, in the form of grants intended to have far-reaching consequences in the improved delivery of imaging services.

In keeping with our running theme of veterinary science informing the modern clinician’s toolkit, we also introduce you to an animal doctor whose enterprising spirit has something to teach us all.

Check out some more exclusive content, including an interview with radiologic technologist-turned-television-actor Michael John Benzaia, RT(R)(CT), on our website, and let us know what you think via e-mail and Twitter.

— Dave Yeager, editor
e-News Exclusive
Additional ‘Putting Patients First’ Grants Announced

The AHRA and Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc, announced two new categories to the 11th annual Putting Patients First program at AHRA 2018 in July. Putting Patients First grants enable health care facilities to fund programs, training, or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety and customizing treatment in CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray, and vascular imaging. The grants are funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Canon Medical Systems, USA.

The AHRA & Canon Medical Systems Putting Patients First program provides six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers, and two grants of up to $10,000 each to an integrated delivery network (IDN) and an imaging cybersecurity program, respectively. Two of the $7,500 grants are awarded for projects that improve pediatric imaging, two focus on overall diagnostic imaging, and two are dedicated to a new category that targets oncology imaging. The two grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to an IDN or hospital system for projects that improve overall patient care and safety in imaging across the IDN/hospital system, as well as a new category added this year for a facility that develops and strengthens an imaging cybersecurity program. All winning facilities will then develop and share their best practices.

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Other Imaging News
SpaceOAR Hydrogel Achieves Landmark Success in UK
Recently profiled in Radiology Today, SpaceOAR, a hydrogel spacer that creates a barrier between the prostate and rectum during radiation therapy, has made great strides worldwide. A first-of-its-kind study is inspiring excitement and gratitude among its participants, according to information provided by Queen’s University Belfast.

Veterinarian Goes the Distance for Endangered Species
The Guardian profiles supervet Romain Pizzi, BVSc, MSc, DZooMed, who has overcome the most improbable of odds on behalf of the worldwide animal kingdom. Pizzi’s workarounds are the envy of every radiologist who has ever faced diagnosis and interventional action under less-than-optimal circumstances.

Study Reveals Gender Disparity in Soccer-Related Head Injuries
Women’s brains are much more vulnerable than men’s to injury from repeated soccer heading, according to a new study from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which found that regions of damaged brain tissue were five times more extensive in female soccer players than in males.

Ultrasound Technology Treats Dementia in Mice
A team of scientists at Japan’s Tohoku University is reporting success in using ultrasound to treat cognitive dysfunction in mice that have the most common forms of dementia. When applied to the whole brain, ultrasound improved both blood vessel formation and nerve cell regeneration, the researchers say.
Worth Repeating
“Psychiatry is behind the rest of medicine when it comes to diagnosing illness. For example, when a patient comes in to see a doctor with most problems, in addition to talking to the patient, the physician will recommend lab tests and imaging studies to help diagnose their condition. Right now, that is not how things work in psychiatry. In most cases, all psychiatric diagnoses rely on just talking to the patient.”

Theodore D. Satterthwaite, MD, of Penn Medicine, regarding a new study using machine learning to quantify brain-based dimensions associated with mental health disorders, as published in Nature Communications
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