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Q&A: Alzheimer's Disease and Amyloid PET Imaging

In April, the ACR and the Alzheimer’s Association announced a four-year, $100 million research study to determine the clinical value of brain amyloid PET in…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

When Medical Staff Challenge a Physician's Authority

I am known to be pretty easygoing with nursing staff. I don't yell, pitch a fit, or belittle clinical staff. My responses are generally mild, even when I am annoyed, frustrated, or incredulous. This may be causing problems. I wonder if I was more assertive about the things going on with my patients that…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 11, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Don't get too comfortable: The one thing that’s constant in radiology is change.

Robert De Niro recently made headlines with an unusually frank graduation speech, telling art school grads in his initial statement that, “You made it. And you’re f***ed.” Of course, he went on to cushion the blow a bit, but not before pointing out that those earning other types of degrees, say, in…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 9, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Radiology Residents Interpreting More Images



More radiology residents and fellows are interpreting imaging examinations of Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Study: Additional Screening May Not Be Necessary for Dense Breasts

Dense breast tissue should not be the sole determinant for supplemental or alternative screening methods following a normal mammogram, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers from California, Washington, New Hampshire, and Vermont undertook a study to determine which…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 5, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

10 Security Measures for Health Care IT

Helen Oscislawski, a lawyer who focuses on high tech and HIPAA law, outlined at SIIM 2015 ten security measures for health care IT to help keep your organization’s data secure. From HIPAA audits to social media and texting, Oscislawski has got you covered. View the slideshow …

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 3, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

Conference Insider: 5 Innovative Patient Experience Tools in Radiology

Sharon Gibson, operations manager in radiology, of Massachusetts General Hospital wants her radiology patients to be happy. She and Garry Choy, MD, a radiologist with MGH, presented at ACR 2015 some of the tools the MGH Imaging Department is utilizing to enhance the patient experience.

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on June 1, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Radiology Whisperer

Even within the radiological sphere, I often feel the need to begin and end with disclaimers about what I have to offer. For instance, when someone tells me, third-hand, what was said about a chest CT (neither images nor report available to me) and asks what I think, I feel I cannot underscore enough for…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 30, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

10 Questions with Ron Schilling

Diagnostic Imaging's “10 Questions” series asks the same questions to a diverse group of professionals in the medical imaging community.…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Imaging has an Attitude Problem

Medical imaging has an attitude problem. This doesn’t mean that the field won’t continue to grow, Bruce Hillman, MD, professor of radiology and medical imaging and public health services, University of Virginia School of Medicine, said at ACR 2015 but intervention will be required to…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 26, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Nonradiologists Still Do More Double Chest Scans

The use of combined pre- and postcontrast chest CTs among radiologists dramatically decreased when associated with efficiency metrics, but the reduction in use was not as quick among nonradiologists, according to a presentation at ACR 2015, held this week in Washington, DC.

Researchers from the University of…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 24, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Are Academic Radiology Departments Missing Out by Not Using Twitter?

Only 8 percent of academic radiology departments have Twitter accounts, and only 5 percent are active, with at least 1 tweet sent in a three month period, revealed the new study, “Enriched Audience Engagement Through Twitter: Should More Academic Radiology Departments Seize the Opportunity?” published…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Most States Decrease Spending on Medical Imaging

Policy makers should take into consideration that most states have made significant decreases in medical imaging costs before putting forth new policy efforts, according to a presentation at ACR 2015, held this week in Washington, DC.

Researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City,…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 22, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

ACR 2015™ Conference Attendees Learn How to Influence the Radiology Profession

Washington, DC (May 4, 2015) — Hosted by American College of Radiology at their annual conference ACR 2015™, attendees of the RFS sessions, or Resident and Fellow Section meetings, learned about the external forces affecting the profession and interacted with leadership, all while networking with peers and…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 21, 2015 at 7:25pm — No Comments

More Imaging Resources Needed for Obese Patients



More imaging resources are needed for obese patients, particularly those with sepsis and CHF, according to a presentation at ACR 2015, held this week in Washington, DC. Researchers from Virginia and Louisiana sought to determine if there was an effect from obesity on the…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 20, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Alignment in Health Care: What is our Strategy?

Strategic alignment has historically been discussed in business literature and tends to focus on the integration of business strategy and information systems/technology (IS/IT). “Alignment” is said to maximize return on IT investments, achieve competitive advantage through information systems, and provide direction…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Three Financial Products Every Young Physician Needs

There are three aspects of financial planning that are important for every young adult beginning their career: having the protection of disability and umbrella liability insurance along with appropriate estate planning. Having a serious accident or illness that results in disability is a catastrophic…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Accounting Advice for Radiology Practices

Throughout radiology, there’s no shortage of hand-wringing about slashed reimbursements and shrinking bottom lines. New requirements and regulations on the horizon could further endanger your balance sheet. But, according to industry experts, proactive, thorough accounting strategies and choices can help…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 5, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Do Docs Even Follow USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines?

Most surgeons continue to recommend annual screening mammography for women once they have turned 40 years old, despite current USPSTF guidelines of biennial screening mammography between ages 50 and 74, according to a presentation at the American Roentgen Ray Society 2015 Annual Meeting (ARRS) in…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 3, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why Radiologist are Bad with Money

Do you know exactly how much debt you have, including medical school loans? Do you contribute the maximum to your retirement accounts each year? Do you know how much you need to retire, and do you have a plan to get there? Do you know what fees you’re paying to your financial advisor and do you…

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Added by Alessandra Simmons on May 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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