Top 5 Radiology News Stories of the Week June 30 – July 6, 2012

How many of you know a radiologist who rarely does a peer review? Well, automating your peer review system may help some become more compliant.  Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center was able to integrate the ACR’s eRadPeer program right through their PACS system and Radiology Information System. This supplemented the work flow by getting rid of the need for an extra sign-on as well as reducing the bias of the radiologists selecting which cases to review. However, automating the system did not appear to increase participation of radiologists that typically did not participate before automation. Still, this might be something for your facility to consider.

Radiology Job Market: 6 Steps To Greater Employment Success Diagnostic Imaging | July 5, 2012

We all know that the job market is tough out there. Here are a few tips specific to radiologists but can be helpful to Rad Techs and potentially anyone looking for employment.

  1. Create a detailed narrative for yourself.  Cover letters are important.

  2. Be willing to work outside your subspecialty.

  3. Pick your desired location wisely. If you’re moving, move to a place where you have connections.

  4. Embrace “no-pay” work. Serve on committees or volunteer.

  5. Older candidates, sell your experience.

  6. Use your contacts.

If all else fails, apply for a job at Novarad; we are always looking for people with radiological experience.

IPAB: The next healthcare reform fight Health Imaging | July 5, 2012

We are all very aware that the Supreme Court basically upheld the constitutionality of the PPACA, Obamacare, or whatever the news outlet you are listening to chooses to call it. But what does this ruling mean for radiology? And is there any way to still stop this law from coming to fruition in 2014? This article sheds some light on these issues.

Breast density variation also a predictor of cancer risk Aunt Minnie | July 5, 2012

According to  a study published July 3  in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute online , the variation of tissue density in a woman’s breast is at least as strong an indicator of cancer risk as the actual density itself. Breast density is a good indicator of potential cancers but is not widely used because standardization of measures is still not fully agreed upon. The researchers were able to develop a logarithm to help automate the measures in density as well as variation. They found that the variation of density was just as good of a predictor as the percentage of dense breast tissue was. It is unclear from this report how accurately the percent density predicted cancer.

Study: Accelerated breast radiotherapy may be viable DCIS strategy Health Economics | July 5, 2012

Accelerated breast radiotherapy may provide a viable treatment option for women diagnosed with DCIS, according to a study published in the July issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.  Accelerated breast radiotherapy has been proven successful for other types of breast cancer as is just now being proven for DCIS. This is good news as this means that DCIS patients can be safely treated with a shorter regimen of radiotherapy. Story also on Aunt Minnie.

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