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Nnamdi Norbert Jibiri, Tawakalitu Oluwatoyin Akintunde, Musa Yusuf Dambele, Christopher Jimoh Olowookere
OBJECTIVE: The practice of regular dose measurement helps to ascertain the level of occupational dose delivered to the staff involved in diagnostic procedures. This study was carried out to evaluate the dose exposed to the hands of radiologists and a radiologic technologist carrying out HSG and radionuclide bone scan examinations in several hospitals in Nigeria. METHODS: Radiation doses exposed to the hands of radiologists and a technician carrying out hysterosalpingography (HSG) and bone scan procedures were measured using calibrated thermo-luminescent dosimeters...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
Mohamed M Abuzaid, Aishah M Alnuaimi, Asma M Abdi, Elika A Mohajer, Ifrah A Mohamed, Rawan A Bilwani, Shaima B Alhammadi
BACKGROUND: Radiological examinations require prior preparation that patients should be informed about. Radiologists and radiologic technologists have limited time and resources to do so. Therefore, the internet is a valuable and accessible resource for patient education, but the information may not be reliable, especially that in Arabic language. This study aimed to develop online patient education resources about imaging procedures in Arabic. It also evaluated the understandability and actionability of the source materials...
September 2016: Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association
Elaine C Meyer, Giulia Lamiani, Donna Luff, Stephen D Brown
OBJECTIVE: Traditionally, radiologists have practiced their profession behind the scenes. Today, radiologic practitioners face mounting expectations to communicate more directly with patients. However, their experiences with patient communication are not well understood. The aim of this study was to describe the challenges of radiologic practitioners when communicating with patients. METHODS: Twelve day-long interprofessional communication skills workshops for radiologic clinicians were held at Boston Children's Hospital...
July 30, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
Takayoshi Terashita, Naomi Tamura, Kengo Kisa, Hidenobu Kawabata, Katsuhiko Ogasawara
BACKGROUND: Knowledge and skill expected of healthcare providers continues to increase alongside developments in medicine and healthcare. Problem-based learning (PBL) is therefore increasingly necessary in training courses for radiological technologists. However, it is necessary to evaluate the effects of PBL to completely introduce it in our education programs. As a Hypothesis, it seems that a change occurs in the student's attitudes by participating in PBL practical training. There is the Semantic Differential (SeD) technique as a method to identify student's attitudes...
2016: BMC Medical Education
Anna Miquel-Cases, Lotte M G Steuten, Lisanne S Rigter, Wim H van Harten
BACKGROUND: Response-guided neoadjuvant chemotherapy (RG-NACT) with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is effective in treating oestrogen receptor positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (ER-positive/HER2-negative) breast cancer. We estimated the expected cost-effectiveness and resources required for its implementation compared to conventional-NACT. METHODS: A Markov model compared costs, quality-adjusted-life-years (QALYs) and costs/QALY of RG-NACT vs...
September 5, 2016: BMC Cancer
Tamader Y Al-Rammah
BACKGROUND: The radiation dose delivered from computed tomography (CT) scanning and the risks associated with ionising radiation are major concerns in paediatric imaging. Compared to adults, children have increased organ sensitivity and a longer expected lifetime in which cancer may develop. Therefore, it is important to investigate the awareness of paediatricians (referring physicians) regarding radiation doses and the associated risks. METHODS: A multiple-choice survey was distributed among paediatricians in 8 hospitals in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia...
2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Eugene Won, Ankur M Doshi
PURPOSE: To assess the content of currently available YouTube videos seeking to educate patients regarding commonly performed imaging examinations. METHODS: After initial testing of possible search terms, the first two pages of YouTube search results for "CT scan," "MRI," "ultrasound patient," "PET scan," and "mammogram" were reviewed to identify educational patient videos created by health organizations. Sixty-three included videos were viewed and assessed for a range of features...
August 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Marie-Hélène Guertin, Isabelle Théberge, Hervé Tchala Vignon Zomahoun, Michel-Pierre Dufresne, Éric Pelletier, Jacques Brisson
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates to what extent technologists' experience, training, or practice in mammography are associated with screening mammography positioning quality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Positioning quality of a random sample of 1278 mammograms drawn from the 394,190 screening examinations performed in 2004-2005 in the Breast Cancer Screening Program of Quebec (Canada) was evaluated by an expert radiologist. Information on technologists' experience, training, and practice was obtained by mailed questionnaire...
August 24, 2016: Academic Radiology
Jessica Schreiber-Zinaman, Andrew B Rosenkrantz
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to identify the frequency and reasons for extra sequences in clinical liver MRI and MRCP examinations. METHODS: A total of 250 consecutive liver MRI and 250 consecutive MRCP examinations performed at a single institution were reviewed. Extra sequences performed in comparison with our standard institutional protocol were identified. Reasons for the extra sequences were identified. Overall trends were assessed. RESULTS: In significantly greater fractions of exams (p = 0...
August 23, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Sarocha Chootipongchaivat, Varit Chantarastapornchit, Wantanee Kulpeng, Joyce Anne Ceria, Niña Isabelle Tolentino, Yot Teerawattananon
OBJECTIVE: Implementing national-level vaccination programs involves long-term investment, which can be a significant financial burden, particularly in resource-limited settings. Although many studies have assessed the economic impacts of providing vaccinations, evidence on the positive and negative implications of human resources for health (HRH) is still lacking. Therefore, this study aims to estimate the HRH impact of introducing pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) using a model-based economic evaluation...
September 14, 2016: Vaccine
Molly Baron, Shannon Joslin, Jane S Kim, Narendra S Shet, Brigitte Pocta, Penny Olivi
The University of Maryland Medical Center's goal was to improve the safety and comfort of pediatric imaging by enhancing the experience for children. Two pediatric radiologists and two child life specialists worked together to create a training program to help guide radiology technologists on how to approach and interact with children undergoing medical imaging. The results of surveys administered to technologists and parents or caregivers helped refine the strategy for both creating training sessions for technologists and reading materials for children and their parents to optimally prepare for the procedures...
May 2016: Radiology Management
Taylor R McClellan, Utaroh Motosugi, Michael S Middleton, Brian C Allen, Tracy A Jaffe, Chad M Miller, Scott B Reeder, Claude B Sirlin, Mustafa R Bashir
Purpose To determine, in a multicenter double-blinded placebo-controlled trial, whether maximal hepatic arterial phase breath-holding duration is affected by gadoxetate disodium administration. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval was obtained for this prospective multi-institutional HIPAA-compliant study; written informed consent was obtained from all subjects. At three sites, a total of 44 volunteers underwent a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination in which images were acquired before and dynamically after bolus injection of gadoxetate disodium, normal saline, and gadoterate meglumine, administered in random order in a single session...
August 10, 2016: Radiology
Peter B Sachs, Kelly Hunt, Fabien Mansoubi, James Borgstede
Building and maintaining a comprehensive yet simple set of standardized protocols for a cross-sectional image can be a daunting task. A single department may have difficulty preventing "protocol creep," which almost inevitably occurs when an organized "playbook" of protocols does not exist and individual radiologists and technologists alter protocols at will and on a case-by-case basis. When multiple departments or groups function in a large health system, the lack of uniformity of protocols can increase exponentially...
July 22, 2016: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
Sashi Poudel, Lori Weir, Dawn Dowling, David C Medich
A statistical pilot study was retrospectively performed to analyze potential changes in occupational radiation exposures to Interventional Radiology (IR) staff at Lawrence General Hospital after implementation of the i2 Active Radiation Dosimetry System (Unfors RaySafe Inc, 6045 Cochran Road Cleveland, OH 44139-3302). In this study, the monthly OSL dosimetry records obtained during the eight-month period prior to i2 implementation were normalized to the number of procedures performed during each month and statistically compared to the normalized dosimetry records obtained for the 8-mo period after i2 implementation...
August 2016: Health Physics
John R Scheel, Sue Peacock, Jackson Orem, Samuel Bugeza, Zeridah Muyinda, Peggy L Porter, William C Wood, Robert L Comis, Constance D Lehman
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine whether a 2-day educational course using a condensed Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (condensed BI-RADS) improved the accuracy of Ugandan healthcare workers interpreting breast ultrasound. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The target audience of this intervention was Ugandan healthcare workers involved in performing, interpreting, or acting on the results of breast ultrasound. The educational course consisted of a pretest knowledge assessment, a series of lectures on breast imaging interpretation and standardized reporting using a condensed BI-RADS, and a posttest knowledge assessment...
October 2016: Academic Radiology
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Kristine Pysarenko
PURPOSE: To identify factors associated with the patient experience in radiology based on patient feedback reports from a single institution. METHODS: In a departmental patient experience committee initiative, all imaging outpatients are provided names and roles of all departmental employees with whom they interact, along with contact information for providing feedback after their appointment. All resulting feedback was recorded in a web-based database. A total of 3,675 patient comments over a 3-year period were assessed in terms of major themes...
June 16, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Luca Saba, Sumit K Banchhor, Harman S Suri, Narendra D Londhe, Tadashi Araki, Nobutaka Ikeda, Klaudija Viskovic, Shoaib Shafique, John R Laird, Ajay Gupta, Andrew Nicolaides, Jasjit S Suri
This study presents AtheroCloud™ - a novel cloud-based smart carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) measurement tool using B-mode ultrasound for stroke/cardiovascular risk assessment and its stratification. This is an anytime-anywhere clinical tool for routine screening and multi-center clinical trials. In this pilot study, the physician can upload ultrasound scans in one of the following formats (DICOM, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF or TIFF) directly into the proprietary cloud of AtheroPoint from the local server of the physician's office...
August 1, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Ali Jassem Buabbas, Dawood Ameer Al-Shamali, Prem Sharma, Salwa Haidar, Hamza Al-Shawaf
BACKGROUND: Picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is a well-known imaging informatics application in health care organizations, specifically designed for the radiology department. Health care providers have exhibited willingness toward evaluating PACS in hospitals to ascertain the critical success and failure of the technology, considering that evaluation is a basic requirement. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at evaluating the success of a PACS in a regional teaching hospital of Kuwait, from users' perspectives, using information systems success criteria...
2016: JMIR Medical Informatics
Moulay Ali Nassiri, Manon Rouleau, Philippe Després
Many studies have shown a statistically significant increase of life-time risk of radiation-induced cancer from CT examinations. In this context, in Canada, the Quebec's provincial clinical center of expertise in radiation safety (CECR) has led a province-wide tour of 180 CT installations in order to: (i) evaluate the technical and functional performance of CT scanners, (ii) evaluate and improve radiation safety practices and (iii) initiate, with local teams, a CT dose optimization process. The CT tour consisted of a two day visit of CT installations by a CECR multidisciplinary team of medical physicists, engineers and medical imaging technologists (MITs) carried out in close collaboration with local teams composed of MITs, radiologists, physicists, engineers and managers...
June 6, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Daan van de Pol, Mario Maas, Aart Terpstra, Marja Pannekoek-Hekman, Sena Alaeikhanehshir, P Paul F M Kuijer, R Nils Planken
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of posterior circumflex humeral artery (PCHA) aneurysms and vessel characteristics of the PCHA and deep brachial artery (DBA) in elite volleyball players. METHODS: Two-hundred and eighty players underwent standardized ultrasound assessment of the dominant arm by a vascular technologist. Assessment included determination of PCHA aneurysms (defined as segmental vessel dilatation ≥150 %), PCHA and DBA anatomy, branching pattern, vessel course and diameter...
June 2, 2016: European Radiology
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