Top 5 Radiology News Stories of the Week July 14-20 2012

Within the past several months there has been discussion on the method of reporting that radiologists prefer: free form, template, or structured.  I have also seen pieces about what radiologists prefer as opposed to physicians in other departments.  But these discussions may all be for not with the release of a report last month at SIIM (Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine). This study done by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital suggested that structured reports decreased non-grammatical errors by 16% over template reporting. However, the rate of nonsensical errors is 8 times higher in structured reporting, moving from .05% of the template reports having the errors to .4% of the structured reporting. Preference is usually trumped by efficiency and accuracy; it may be just a matter of time until you have to use structured reporting.

ACR Select could lead to national guidelines for ordering exams Aunt Minnie | July 18, 2012

Performing the appropriate exam or procedure is one of the main goals of every physician.  In order to provide lifesaving care in the most safe and cost effective manner, it is vitally important to provide the appropriate procedure. Often times physicians and radiologists alike are aided by clinical decision support systems. The American College of Radiology is aiming to make their Appropriateness Criteria the national standard by commercializing them as a clinical decision-support system, ACR Select. Providing a national standard will definitely be a boon for safety.

Analysis of Swedish county data is off the mark Aunt Minnie | July 17, 2012

A study published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute made waves in both the oncologic and radiologic worlds. The study basically claimed that mammography screening had no impact on mortality from breast cancer. After the article was published it came under great scrutiny for obvious reasons. This article is one doctor’s opinion about the report.

iPad vs. secondary-class LCD monitors: It’s a draw Health Imaging | July 16, 2012

Have you been wondering what all the iPad fuss was about? A recent study shows that when radiologists read spinal MRI exams on an iPad they receive the same results as they do when reading at a secondary-class LCD display work station. iPad now has good enough definition to read many various types of imaging studies. Check out Novarad’s iPad app and start reading on the go or in case of emergencies.

Imaging reveals brain changes 15 years before Alzheimer’s symptoms Health Imaging | July 13, 2012

Alzheimer’s is a heart breaking disease as it takes away our dearest family members even though they are still with us.  Recently the New England Journal of Medicine published a study which claimed that radiologists can use imaging to detect risk factors of people who will get Alzheimer’s up to 25 years before they get the disease. This breakthrough might lead to prevention and treatment trials to help beat this disease in the future.

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