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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711210/routine-dual-energy-computed-tomography-scanning-of-the-neck-in-clinical-practice-a-single-institution-experience
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REVIEW
Almudena Pérez-Lara, Mark Levental, Lorne Rosenbloom, Gary Wing, Reza Forghani
There is increasing use and popularity of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) in many subspecialties in radiology. This article reviews the practical workflow implications of routine DECT scanning based on the experience at a single institution where a large percentage of elective neck CTs are acquired in DECT mode. The article reviews factors both on the production (technologist) and on the interpretation (radiologist) side, focusing on challenges posed and potential solutions for seamless workflow implementation...
August 2017: Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705527/reducing-stat-portable-chest-radiograph-turnaround-times-a-pilot-study
#2
REVIEW
Pratik Rachh, Alexa O Levey, Andrew Lemmon, Aurora Marinescu, William F Auffermann, Daniel Haycook, Eugene A Berkowitz
BACKGROUND: Our health system orders a high number of STAT priority portable chest radiographs (62%) compared to Routine (35%) and Today (3%). Retrospective chart review of 1000 chest radiographs ordered with the STAT priority revealed that 38% of studies did not indicate clinical urgency. Given the high number or STAT priority portable chest radiographs ordered, prioritizing acquisition and interpretation of true STATs has become challenging for technologists and radiologists, leading to process inefficiencies, long turnaround times (TATs), communication failures, and patient-safety errors...
June 5, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662850/patient-dose-monitoring-systems-a-new-way-of-managing-patient-dose-and-quality-in-the-radiology-department
#3
N Fitousi
PURPOSE: Due to the upcoming European Directive (2013/59/EURATOM) and the increased focus on patient safety in international guidelines and regulations, Patient Dose Monitoring Systems, also called Dose Management Systems (DMS), are introduced in medical imaging departments. This article focusses on the requirements for a DMS, its benefits and the necessary implementation steps. METHOD: The implementation of a DMS can be perceived as a lengthy, yet worthy, procedure: users have to select the appropriate system for their applications, prepare data collection, validate, perform configuration, and start using the results in quality improvement projects...
June 26, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570128/effect-of-a-biopsy-center-on-adequacy-rates-of-thyroid-nodule-fine-needle-aspiration
#4
Vincent A Leung, Anish Kirpalani, Gevork Mnatzakanian, Errol Colak, Paraskevi A Vlachou
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a biopsy center-a dedicated space with a dedicated ultrasound machine and technologist, staffed daily by a radiologist responsible for performing ultrasound-guided procedures only-on the rate of non-diagnostic or unsatisfactory thyroid fine-needle aspiration (FNA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three radiologists performed FNA on 1200 nodules in 998 patients between September 2010 and November 2015. We compared rates of nondiagnostic or unsatisfactory FNA before and after implementation of a biopsy center in September 2014 as part of a quality improvement initiative...
August 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569407/agreement-between-an-automated-volume-breast-scanner-and-handheld-ultrasound-for-diagnostic-breast-examinations
#5
Richard G Barr, Robert DeVita, Stamatia Destounis, Federica Manzoni, Annalisa De Silvestri, Carmine Tinelli
OBJECTIVES: To compare the agreement and interobserver variability of diagnostic handheld ultrasound (US) and a single volume on an automated breast volume scanner (ABVS) and to determine whether there was a significant difference if the ABVS was used by a sonographer or mammographic technologist. METHODS: Ninety patients scheduled for diagnostic US examinations were randomized to either handheld US or the ABVS first. The AVBS was randomized between a sonographer and a mammographic technologist performing the study...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536767/improving-efficiency-in-the-radiology-department
#6
REVIEW
Alexander J Towbin, Laurie A Perry, David B Larson
The modern radiology department is built around the flow of information. Ordering providers request imaging studies to be performed, technologists complete the work required to perform the imaging studies, and radiologists interpret and report on the imaging findings. As each of these steps is performed, data flow between multiple information systems, most notably the radiology information system (RIS), the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and the voice dictation system. Even though data flow relatively seamlessly, the majority of our systems and processes are inefficient...
June 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533102/real-time-electronic-dashboard-technology-and-its-use-to-improve-pediatric-radiology-workflow
#7
REVIEW
Randheer Shailam, Ariel Botwin, Markus Stout, Michael S Gee
The purpose of our study was to create a real-time electronic dashboard in the pediatric radiology reading room providing a visual display of updated information regarding scheduled and in-progress radiology examinations that could help radiologists to improve clinical workflow and efficiency. To accomplish this, a script was set up to automatically send real-time HL7 messages from the radiology information system (Epic Systems, Verona, WI) to an Iguana Interface engine, with relevant data regarding examinations stored in an SQL Server database for visual display on the dashboard...
March 19, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515586/utility-of-supplemental-screening-with-breast-ultrasound-in-asymptomatic-women-with-dense-breast-tissue-who-are-not-at-high-risk-for-breast-cancer
#8
Geetika A Klevos, Fernando Collado-Mesa, Jose M Net, Monica M Yepes
OBJECTIVE: To assess the results of an initial round of supplemental screening with hand-held bilateral breast ultrasound following a negative screening mammogram in asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue who are not at high risk for breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant, Institutional Research Board approved study was performed at a single academic tertiary breast center. Informed consent was waived...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402126/implementation-of-a-point-of-care-radiologist-technologist-communication-tool-in-a-quality-assurance-program
#9
Leonard Ong, Pierre Elnajjar, C Gregory Nyman, Thomas Mair, Krishna Juluru
OBJECTIVE: We implemented an Image Quality Reporting and Tracking Solution (IQuaRTS), directly linked from the PACS, to improve communication between radiologists and technologists. MATERIALS AND METHODS: IQuaRTS launched in May 2015. We compared MRI issues filed in the period before IQuaRTS implementation (May-September 2014) using a manual system with MRI issues filed in the IQuaRTS period (May-September 2015). The unpaired t test was used for analysis. For assessment of overall results in the IQuaRTS period alone, all issues filed across all modalities were included...
July 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104315/implementing-a-structured-reporting-initiative-using-a-collaborative-multistep-approach
#10
Shlomit Goldberg-Stein, William R Walter, E Stephen Amis, Meir H Scheinfeld
PURPOSE: To describe the successful implementation of a structured reporting initiative in a large urban academic radiology department. METHODS: We describe our process, compromises, and top 10 lessons learned in overhauling traditional reporting practices and comprehensively implementing structured reporting at our institution. To achieve our goals, we took deliberate steps toward consensus building, undertook multistep template refinement, and achieved close collaboration with the technical staff, department coders, and hospital information technologists...
December 15, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050717/improving-patient-safety-avoiding-unread-imaging-exams-in-the-national-va-enterprise-electronic-health-record
#11
Sarah Bastawrous, Benjamin Carney
In the current digital and filmless age of radiology, rates of unread radiology exams remain low, however, may still exist in unique environments. Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems may experience higher rates of unread exams due to coexistence of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) imaging and commercial picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). The purpose of this patient safety initiative was to identify any unread exams and causes leading to unread exams...
June 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048866/su-f-i-47-optimizing-protocols-for-image-quality-and-dose-in-abdominal-ct-of-large-patients
#12
L Johnson, M Yester
PURPOSE: Newer CT scanners are able to use scout views to adjust mA throughout the scan in order to achieve a given noise level. However, given constraints of radiologist preferences for kVp and rotation time, it may not be possible to achieve an acceptable noise level for large patients. A study was initiated to determine for which patients kVp and/or rotation time should be changed in order to achieve acceptable image quality. METHODS: Patient scans were reviewed on two new Emergency Department scanners (Philips iCT) to identify patients over a large range of sizes...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047711/su-f-r-06-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injury-imaging-developing-a-coherent-clinical-protocol-from-literature-review-through-practice
#13
D Wu, E France, J Lambert, J Hinkle
PURPOSE: Medical Physics teams can now play a critical role to help plan and provide studied approaches for traumatic brachial plexus MR imaging (tbpMRI). This is especially important for coordination with uncommon applications, since it is challenging to select the right modality, parameters, and train technologists on the essential components. For this work, we started with a review of the medical literature, performed crossover/volunteer studies to bring tbpMRI to practice with greater image QC and protocol management...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047022/su-g-iep2-10-lens-dose-reduction-by-patient-position-modification-during-neck-ct-exams
#14
E Mosher, J Butman, N Biassou, L Folio, C Lee
PURPOSE: Irradiation of the lens during a neck CT may increase a patient's risk of developing cataracts later in life. Radiologists and technologists at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC) have developed new CT imaging protocols that include a reduction in scan range and modifying neck positioning using a head tilt. This study will evaluate the efficacy of this protocol in the reduction of lens dose. METHODS: We retrieved CT images of five male patients who had two sets of CT images: before and after the implementation of the new protocol...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047006/mo-c-brb-04-observations-of-a-nuclear-radiologist-on-the-value-of-the-medical-physicist
#15
B Greenspan
With the profound changes currently occurring in medicine, the role of the medical physicist cannot stagnate, but must evolve to meet the challenges and opportunities that are presented. Medical physicists must understand these changes and establish themselves not only as relevant but as leaders in this new environment. We must increase our presence in clinical settings such as tumor boards, patient rounds, and the development of new diagnosis, imaging, and treatment techniques. By establishing ourselves as competent scientists, we can and must participate in the development of technologies through research, teaching, and clinical implementation...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046867/su-f-p-06-moving-from-computed-radiography-to-digital-radiography-a-collaborative-approach-to-improve-image-quality
#16
D Sandoval, D Valenti, T Bateman, V Norris, G Mlady, R Selwyn
PURPOSE: To bring together radiologists, technologists, and physicists to utilize post-processing techniques in digital radiography (DR) in order to optimize image acquisition and improve image quality. METHODS: Sub-optimal images acquired on a new General Electric (GE) DR system were flagged for follow-up by radiologists and reviewed by technologists and medical physicists. Various exam types from adult musculoskeletal (n=35), adult chest (n=4), and pediatric (n=7) were chosen for review...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027166/ncrp-vision-for-the-future-and-program-area-committee-activities
#17
John D Boice
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) believes that the most critical need for the nation in radiation protection is to train, engage, and retain radiation professionals for the future. Not only is the pipeline shrinking, but for some areas there is no longer a pipe! When the call comes to respond, there may be no one to answer the phone! The NCRP "Where are the Radiation Professionals?" initiative, Council Committee (CC) 2, and this year's annual meeting are to focus our efforts to find solutions and not just reiterate the problems...
February 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988200/dissecting-costs-of-ct-study-application-of-tdabc-time-driven-activity-based-costing-in-a-tertiary-academic-center
#18
Yoshimi Anzai, Marta E Heilbrun, Derek Haas, Luca Boi, Kirk Moshre, Satoshi Minoshima, Robert Kaplan, Vivian S Lee
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The lack of understanding of the real costs (not charge) of delivering healthcare services poses tremendous challenges in the containment of healthcare costs. In this study, we applied an established cost accounting method, the time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC), to assess the costs of performing an abdomen and pelvis computed tomography (AP CT) in an academic radiology department and identified opportunities for improved efficiency in the delivery of this service...
February 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933409/imaging-trends-in-suspected-appendicitis-a-canadian-perspective
#19
Victoria F Tan, Michael N Patlas, Douglas S Katz
PURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to assess trends in the imaging of suspected appendicitis in adult patients in emergency departments of academic centers in Canada. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to all 17 academic centers in Canada to be completed by a radiologist who works in emergency radiology. The questionnaires were sent and collected over a period of 4 months from October 2015 to February 2016. RESULTS: Sixteen centers (94%) responded to the questionnaire...
June 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927592/tracking-patterns-of-nonadherence-to-prescribed-ct-protocol-parameters
#20
Timothy P Szczykutowicz, Annelise Malkus, Amanda Ciano, Myron Pozniak
PURPOSE: Quantification of the frequency, understanding the motivation, and documentation of the changes made by CT technologists at scan time are important components of monitoring a quality CT workflow. METHODS: CT scan acquisition data were collected from one CT scanner for a period of 1 year. The data included all relevant acquisition parameters needed to define the technical side of a CT protocol. An algorithm was created to sort these data in groups of irradiation events with the same combinations of scan acquisition parameters...
February 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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