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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156150/effect-of-shift-schedule-and-volume-on-interpretive-accuracy-a-retrospective-analysis-of-2-9-million-radiologic-examinations
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Tarek N Hanna, Christine Lamoureux, Elizabeth A Krupinski, Scott Weber, Jamlik-Omari Johnson
Purpose To determine whether there is an association between radiologist shift length, schedule, or examination volume and interpretive accuracy. Materials and Methods This study was institutional review board approved and HIPAA compliant. A retrospective analysis of all major discrepancies from a 2015 quality assurance database of a teleradiology practice was performed. Board-certified radiologists provided initial preliminary interpretations. Discrepancies were identified during a secondary review by a practicing radiologist or through an internal quality assurance process and were vetted through a consensus radiology quality assurance committee...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149872/process-quality-of-decision-making-in-multidisciplinary-cancer-team-meetings-a-structured-observational-study
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Pola Hahlweg, Sarah Didi, Levente Kriston, Martin Härter, Yvonne Nestoriuc, Isabelle Scholl
BACKGROUND: The quality of decision-making in multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) depends on the quality of information presented and the quality of team processes. Few studies have examined these factors using a standardized approach. The aim of this study was to objectively document the processes involved in decision-making in MDTMs, document the outcomes in terms of whether a treatment recommendation was given (none vs. singular vs. multiple), and to identify factors related to type of treatment recommendation...
November 17, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145961/vertical-femoral-neck-fractures-in-young-adults-a-closed-fixation-strategy-using-a-transverse-cancellous-lag-screw
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João Antonio Matheus Guimarães, Leonardo Rosa Rocha, Tito Henrique Noronha Rocha, Danielle Cabral Bonfim, Rafaela Sartore da Costa, Amanda Dos Santos Cavalcanti, Carlos Rodrigo Roesler, Jamila Alessandra Perini Machado, Diego Pinheiro Aguiar, Maria Eugenia Leite Duarte
Vertical femoral neck fractures (Pauwels type III classification) in young adults generally occur as a consequence of high-energy trauma and are frequently seen in association with multiple injuries. Considering the controversies regarding the optimal fixation for this fracture, our aim was to evaluate the clinical outcome of a closed fixation strategy for vertical femoral neck fractures in young adults using two parallel and one transverse cancellous lag screws. This was a single-surgeon, prospective study including 20 young adults with average age of 38...
October 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143901/combined-vertebral-augmentation-and-radiofrequency-ablation-in-the-management-of-spinal-metastases-an-update
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REVIEW
Ning Mao Kam, Julian Maingard, Hong Kuan Kok, Dinesh Ranatunga, Duncan Brooks, William C Torreggiani, Peter L Munk, Michael J Lee, Ronil V Chandra, Hamed Asadi
Spinal metastases are the most commonly encountered tumour of the spine, occurring in up to 40% of patients with cancer. Each year, approximately 5% of cancer patients will develop spinal metastases. This number is expected to increase as the life expectancy of cancer patients increases. Patients with spinal metastases experience severe and frequently debilitating pain, which often decreases their remaining quality of life. With a median survival of less than 1 year, the goals of treatment in spinal metastases are reducing pain, improving or maintaining level of function and providing mechanical stability...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143167/effectiveness-of-concurrent-procedures-during-high-tibial-osteotomy-for-medial-compartment-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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O-Sung Lee, Soyeon Ahn, Jin Hwan Ahn, Seow Hui Teo, Yong Seuk Lee
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy of concurrent cartilage procedures during high tibial osteotomy (HTO) for medial compartment osteoarthritis (OA) by comparing the outcomes of studies that directly compared the use of HTO plus concurrent cartilage procedures versus HTO alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Results that are possible to be compared in more than two articles were presented as forest plots. A 95% confidence interval was calculated for each effect size, and we calculated the I (2) statistic, which presents the percentage of total variation attributable to the heterogeneity among studies...
November 15, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140383/a-randomized-split-mouth-clinical-trial-on-effectiveness-of-amnion-chorion-membranes-in-alveolar-ridge-preservation-a-clinical-radiologic-and-morphometric-study
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Muyeenul Hassan, Sivaraman Prakasam, Carol Bain, Ahmed Ghoneima, Sean Shih-Yao Liu
PURPOSE: Recent case reports suggest that amnion-chorion membranes (ACM) and dense polytetrafluoroethylene membranes (dPTFE) can be left exposed during ridge preservation. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of these membranes in ridge preservation, particularly when they are intentionally left exposed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A split-mouth, single-blind, randomized trial design was used to compare treatments with the two membranes in 22 nonmolar sites on the same arch...
November 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138893/standardization-of-pediatric-uroradiological-terms-a-multidisciplinary-european-glossary
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REVIEW
Pierre-Hugues Vivier, Thomas A Augdal, Fred E Avni, Justine Bacchetta, Rolf Beetz, Anna K Bjerre, Johan Blickman, Pierre Cochat, Rosana Coppo, Beatrice Damasio, Kassa Darge, Alaa El-Ghoneimi, Piet Hoebeke, Göran Läckgren, Marc-David Leclair, Maria-Luisa Lobo, Gianantonio Manzoni, Stephen D Marks, Girolamo Mattioli, Hans-Joachim Mentzel, Pierre Mouriquand, Tryggve Nevéus, Aikaterini Ntoulia, Lil-Sofie Ording-Muller, Josef Oswald, Frederica Papadopoulou, Gabriella Porcellini, Ekkehard Ring, Wolfgang Rösch, Ana F Teixeira, Michael Riccabona
To promote the standardization of nephro-uroradiological terms used in children, the European Society of Paediatric Radiology uroradiology taskforce wrote a detailed glossary. This work has been subsequently submitted to European experts in pediatric urology and nephrology for discussion and acceptance to improve the quality of radiological reports and communication between different clinicians involved in pediatric urology and nephrology.
November 15, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136257/risk-factors-for-pathological-fracture-and-metastatic-epidural-spinal-cord-compression-in-patients-with-spinal-metastases
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Catherine S Hibberd, Gerald M Y Quan
Vertebral pathological fracture and metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) due to metastatic cancer inevitably cause pain, neurological deficit, impaired function, and decreased quality of life and are indications for surgery. In such cases, earlier surgical intervention has the potential to prevent permanent neurological deficit and disability and to maintain function and quality of life. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify and evaluate risk factors for pathological fracture and MESCC in patients with spinal metastases...
November 11, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132998/waiting-for-radiology-test-results-patient%C3%A2-expectations-and-emotional-disutility
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Sean Woolen, Ella A Kazerooni, Amber Wall, Kelly Parent, Shannon Cahalan, Mitchell Alameddine, Matthew S Davenport
PURPOSE: To measure patient willingness to wait and emotional disutility of waiting for outpatient imaging test results. METHODS: A prospective HIPAA-compliant multicenter outpatient quality improvement survey was administered by a trained interviewer to 218 outpatients from November 1, 2016, to February 1, 2017. The survey was vetted by patient- and family-centered care advocates with experience in survey design and underwent precognitive testing for readability...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128130/spanish-guidelines-on-the-evaluation-and-diagnosis-of-bronchiectasis-in-adults
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Miguel Ángel Martínez-García, Luis Máiz, Casilda Olveira, Rosa María Girón, David de la Rosa, Marina Blanco, Rafael Cantón, Montserrat Vendrell, Eva Polverino, Javier de Gracia, Concepción Prados
In 2008, the Spanish Society of Pulmonology (SEPAR) published the first guidelines in the world on the diagnosis and treatment of bronchiectasis. Almost 10 years later, considerable scientific advances have been made in both the treatment and the evaluation and diagnosis of this disease, and the original guidelines have been updated to include the latest scientific knowledge on bronchiectasis. These new recommendations have been drafted following a strict methodological process designed to ensure the quality of content, and are linked to a large amount of online information that includes a wealth of references...
November 8, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125398/the-management-of-peri-and-postprocedural-pain-in-interventional-radiology-a-narrative-review
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Jeremy N Cashman, Lenny Ng
Interventional radiology encompasses a wide range of procedures and the degree of associated pain depends predominantly on the procedure being undertaken. Procedures may be painful during but not after the procedure, relatively painless during but painful after the procedure, or relatively painless during and after the procedure. However, there is a lack of good quality publications in interventional radiology that specifically address the subject of peri- and postprocedural pain management. Nevertheless, a variety of more or less complex protocols exist for intraprocedural sedation and for peri- and postprocedural analgesia...
November 10, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122473/automated-radiology-operative-note-communication-tool-closing-the-loop-in-musculoskeletal-imaging
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William Moore, Ankur Doshi, Priya Bhattacharji, Soterios Gyftopoulos, Gina Ciavarra, Danny Kim, Michael Recht
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Correlation of imaging studies and reference standard outcomes is a significant challenge in radiology. This study evaluates the effectiveness of a new communication tool by assessing the ability of this system to correctly match the imaging studies to arthroscopy reports and qualitatively assessing radiologist behavior before and after the implementation of this system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a commercially available communication or educational tool and applying a novel matching rule algorithm, radiology and arthroscopy reports were matched from January 17, 2017 to March 1, 2017 based on anatomy...
November 6, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122472/can-radiologists-learn-from-airport-baggage-screening-a-survey-about-using-fictional-patients-for-quality-assurance
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Andrew Phelps, Andrew L Callen, Peter Marcovici, David M Naeger, John Mongan, Emily M Webb
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: For both airport baggage screeners and radiologists, low target prevalence is associated with low detection rate, a phenomenon known as "prevalence effect." In airport baggage screening, the target prevalence is artificially increased with fictional weapons that are digitally superimposed on real baggage. This strategy improves the detection rate of real weapons and also allows airport supervisors to monitor screener performance. A similar strategy using fictional patients could be applied in radiology...
November 6, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122126/posterior-fragment-in-ankle-fractures-anteroposterior-vs-posteroanterior-fixation
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Dinko Vidović, Esmat Elabjer, I V A Muškardin, Milan Milosevic, Marijo Bekic, Bore Bakota
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to compare reduction quality and functional outcome of posterior malleolus fractures treated with indirect reduction and anteroposterior (AP) fixation or with direct reduction via a posterolateral approach and posteroanterior (PA) fixation. METHODS: Forty-eight patients with trimalleolar fracture were enrolled in the study. Patients were randomised in two groups: indirect reduction and AP fixation (AP group) and direct reduction and PA fixation (PA group)...
November 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119067/experience-with-ambulatory-management-of-pleural-pathologies-utilizing-small-bore-indwelling-pleural-catheters
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Imad-Ud-Din Saqib, Mobeen Iqbal, Atif Rana, Saira Hassan
Introduction Pleural effusion is the excess fluid that accumulates in the pleural space. Pneumothorax is the collection of free air in the pleural cavity, while empyema is the collection of pus in the pleural cavity. Such pleural pathologies pose a great challenge to patients and health care professionals alike. While multiple management options exist, the major portion of it is carried out in the inpatient setting. We sought to evaluate the ambulatory use of indwelling pleural catheters for pleural pathologies, including malignant pleural effusion, empyema, and primary spontaneous pneumothorax...
September 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115698/grading-scales-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-many-options-but-do-we-have-a-winner
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EDITORIAL
Venkatakrishna Rajajee
Grading the severity of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (aSAH) is essential, for several reasons- to provide a reliable prognosis, establish comparability across groups in research studies and quality assessments, follow the progress of an individual patient, and guide decisions on management. The Hunt-Hess and World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS) scales are clinical scales, with a focus on symptoms and signs thought to reflect the extent of primary brain injury and, therefore, functional outcome...
November 8, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115202/risk-factors-for-hospital-associated-venous-thromboembolism-in-critically-ill-children-following-cardiothoracic-surgery-or-therapeutic-cardiac-catheterisation
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Christie M Atchison, Ernest Amankwah, Jean Wilhelm, Shilpa Arlikar, Brian R Branchford, Arabela Stock, Michael Streiff, Clifford Takemoto, Irmel Ayala, Allen Everett, Gary Stapleton, Marshall L Jacobs, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Neil A Goldenberg
BACKGROUND: Paediatric hospital-associated venous thromboembolism is a leading quality and safety concern at children's hospitals. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine risk factors for hospital-associated venous thromboembolism in critically ill children following cardiothoracic surgery or therapeutic cardiac catheterisation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, case-control study of children admitted to the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital (St...
November 8, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114633/surgical-management-of-degenerative-meniscus-lesions-the-2016-esska-meniscus-consensus
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P Beaufils, R Becker, S Kopf, M Englund, R Verdonk, M Ollivier, R Seil
Purpose  A degenerative meniscus lesion is a slowly developing process typically involving a horizontal cleavage in a middle-aged or older person. When the knee is symptomatic, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy has been practised for a long time with many case series reporting improved patient outcomes. Since 2002, several randomised clinical trials demonstrated no additional benefit of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy compared to non-operative treatment, sham surgery or sham arthroscopic partial meniscectomy...
June 2017: Joints
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110909/radiologists-are-actually-well-positioned-to-innovate-in-patient-experience
#20
REVIEW
Ravi V Gottumukkala, Thang Q Le, Richard Duszak, Anand M Prabhakar
Patient experience is becoming increasingly prioritized, most notably as a component of recently passed health care legislation that aims to link physician reimbursement to quality of care and cost-effectiveness. For several reasons, radiologists are better positioned to seize opportunities to enhance patient experience than is readily apparent. We propose that discrete components along the imaging value chain can be evaluated specifically for their effect on patient experience and improved to this end. We also emphasize that the field of radiology has traditionally been the earliest adopter and a serial innovator in health information technology, and we suggest possible ways to leverage the newest technological tools to improve patient experience...
October 2, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
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