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If You’re an Astronaut, You Should Be Taking Lots of Vitamin D

Is space just a crazy vacuum that causes our bodies to age quickly and our bones to crumble? According to Thomas Lang, MD, professor at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and associate dean of research at the School of Dentistry at University of California San Francisco, space travel takes a toll on an astronaut’s skeletal health, especially…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 21, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Match Day 2017 Sets Record Number of Offered Residency Positions

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) set a new record with highest number of students paired with resident positions in history this year. Match Day is the nerve-wracking and exciting day in March when fourth-year med students find out where they will spend the next three to seven years training in their specialty.

This year, 35,969 U.S. and international medical students applied for 31,757 residencies across the…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 20, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Chat App Might Change the Way Radiologists Work

The science behind self-driving cars seems to have found a purpose in radiology. A group of interventional radiologists at University of California, Los Angeles are using a chat application to streamline and speed-up diagnosis and treatment decisions. This innovative use of artificial intelligence ultimately improves patient-doctor communication by utilizing a variety of programs, infographics, and pre-designed responses to relay information to between doctors and patients…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

When it Comes to Full Professorship in Radiology, Men and Women Might Be at Near-Equal Strides

Gender inequality in medicine is a long-standing issue that demands the need for change. As we’ve reported previously, the gender gap prevails in academic radiology, however some institutions are experiencing a sea change. According to a recent study published in Radiology, despite the fact that men represent 71.5…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 14, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CMS Will Soon Unleash a New Appropriate Use Mandate

Cardiac imaging is in need of some wrangling. Professional medical associations and universities across the U.S. have developed appropriate use criteria (AUC) for physicians when determining if a patient should go through cardiac testing. However, a group of physicians believe that the AUC “is no longer an idealistic exercise” and a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved technique will soon be required when evaluating a patient’s need for imaging…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Could Your Reputation as a Radiologist be Determined by the Cleanliness of Your Reception Room?

Radiologists who are neat-freaks should give yourself a pat on the back. A new study from Harvard Medical School found that the cleanliness and receptionist’s demeanor heavily influences a patient’s perception of the radiology department.

 

A team of researchers led by Johannes Boos analyzed surveys from 4,938 of the…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 10, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

After Years of Offering Fraudulent Radiology Services, a Florida Couple Finally Gets Jail Time

A phony radiology clinic in Kissimmee, Florida was busted after six years of conducting unlicensed mammography procedures. Alba Garcia and Oscar Alzate, the owners of Digital Radiology Center, Inc. and Medisound, Inc., clinics, were recently charged with Medicaid fraud and running an unlicensed clinic. The two are now serving three-year prison terms for billing Medicaid for $180,000 worth of fabricated radiology…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 9, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Scotland is in the Midst of a Severe Radiologist Crisis

Scotland seems to have a burgeoning healthcare crisis on its hands. The Scottish National Party (SNP) is being held accountable for mismanaging the country’s healthcare system by failing to sufficiently train radiologists and neglecting to adequately staff hospitals with physicians.

 

According to the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), patients’ health is at risk due to wide-spread physician vacancies, scarcity…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Community Outreach Case Study: Free Radiology Examinations at 21 Private Labs in New Delhi, India

New Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has introduced a new radiology-centric healthcare initiative that will enable all of the city’s residents to access free radiology tests. The action is apart of a wave of legislation to increase government spending in both healthcare and public education sectors.  

 

In the last two years, the AAP has doubled Delhi’s education budget and grown its healthcare funds by one and a…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 7, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Radiology Scandal: Thousands of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Ultrasounds Misread in British Columbia

Anyone who saw a radiologist recently in northwestern British Columbia might want to get a second opinion. Turns out, between October 2016 and January 2017, thousands of x-ray, CT scans, and ultrasounds may have been incorrectly analyzed at Terrace Mills Memorial Hospital.

 

On January 25, physicians realized that an x-ray was read improperly. The discovery prompted the facility to re-examine all of the images the…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 6, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How the Brain Changes in Pregnancy as Better Understood Via Imaging

 Pregnancy incites changes in the body — that’s common knowledge. But did you know that being pregnant also has serious repercussions on the brain? A first-of-its-kind study has found that there’s a symmetrical reduction in the brain’s grey matter during pregnancy in the medial frontal, posterior cortex, and certain sections of the prefrontal and temporal cortex.

 

The researchers from the Universitat…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 3, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

AI Entering the Clinical Workflow: Watson Health Aims to Streamline Diagnosis with New Imaging Clinical Review

At the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, Watson Health introduced IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review, a cognitive “peer-review” resource that eliminates discrepancies between a patient’s clinical diagnosis and administrative records. The new system streamlines reports and ultimately improves the accuracy in a patient’s record.…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 2, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

When It Comes to Tumor Tracking, Multimedia Reports Do Better than Text-Only Ones

Radiology reports are predominantly text-based since radiologists have started practicing.  When developing radiology reports, the measurements of target lesions are often lacking. These measurements are critical for oncology trials in order to evaluate how tumors are reacting to therapy. However, there might be some hope in the form of multimedia reports. A recent study from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found…

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Added by Julie Morse on March 1, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Radiology Society: World Conference on Interventional Oncology is Expanding Interventional Radiology, Reflecting a Growing Subspecialty Need

There is an undoubtedly growing interest in interventional oncology. The burgeoning field, which only took root about a decade ago, is based on the practice of minimally-invasive procedures and therapies on patients who require little recovery time. The practice usually focuses on cancer treatment through image diagnosis — via x-ray, MRI, PET scan, CT scan, or ultrasound. In response to the surge of attention, the board of directors for the World Conference on Interventional Oncology (WCIO)…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 28, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How Do We Understand Common Cognitive Errors Radiologists Make?

Making a diagnostic error is something that many radiologists will grapple with in their careers. According to a study from Johns Hopkins University School Medicine, nearly 75 percent of all medical malpractice suits against radiologists are pursued on the basis of diagnostic errors.  

 

The study’s researchers attribute overwhelming work responsibilities, increased expectations, bureaucratic protocol, and cognitive biases to diagnostic errors in the field. Cognitive errors are…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 27, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Is it Possible to Not Get Stressed Out in Radiology?

Work is stressful, we can all agree. Radiologists face a never-ending to-do list, and scrambling to get everything done on time is the perfect recipe for stress. Yet, in terms of burn out rates, radiologists are not as susceptible to letting stress get to them as other specialists. According to a 2016 Medscape poll, radiology had a 50 percent burn out rate, and ranked tenth in the most ‘burned…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Into Radiology

  1. You like it. Being happily engaged with your work will usually amount to some success. Radiology requires enthusiasm for lots of reading, health technology, anatomy, physics, and clinical medicine, and those are just the basics of what you should enjoy in the field.

  2. You’re dedicated. If you don’t think you’ll ever be ready to let go over the resident routines, and you get fired up by the notion of 20 to 30 hours a week of reading, then your level of…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 23, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Turns Out Most Patients Actually Like Their Radiologists

The doctor-patient relationship isn’t always smooth sailing. The exam room is a vulnerable space for patients where some feel like their health is being scrutinized. Others complain that they don’t get enough face time with their physician, take for example this one 2013 study that found medical interns only spend 12 percent of their working hours in direct service with their patients. However, radiologists might be outlier in the…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Machine learning moves beyond radiology: Can AI Diagnose Skin Cancer Better Than a Dermatologist?

A team of Stanford University researchers are on track to giving smartphones the power to diagnose skin cancer. In a study published in Nature, researchers used a Google-created algorithm to identify and diagnose more than 2,000 different types of skin diseases using

129,450 clinical images.

 

In the U.S. alone, there are about 5.4 million new cases of skin cancer discovered every…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 21, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Are Electronic Health Records the Solution? Doesn’t Seem Like it

Electronic health records (EHR) streamline physician and patient interactions, and they’re the easiest way to access a patient’s medical history, medications, and radiology images. The original initiative behind EHRs was to create more efficient medical care, and ultimately reduce costs. Yet, a recent study from Stanford University and the National Bureau…

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Added by Julie Morse on February 20, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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