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Matthew H Lee, Andrew J Schemmel, B Dustin Pooler, Taylor Hanley, Tabassum Kennedy, Aaron Field, Douglas Wiegmann, John-Paul J Yu
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to assess perceptions of reading room workflow and the impact separating image-interpretive and nonimage-interpretive task workflows can have on radiologist perceptions of workplace disruptions, workload, and overall satisfaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 14-question survey instrument was developed to measure radiologist perceptions of workplace interruptions, satisfaction, and workload prior to and following implementation of separate image-interpretive and nonimage-interpretive reading room workflows...
October 18, 2016: Academic Radiology
Rebecca Leddy, Madelene Lewis, Susan Ackerman, Jeanne Hill, Paul Thacker, Maria Matheus, Sameer Tipnis, Leonie Gordon
Utilization of a radiology resident-specific quality improvement (QI) program and curriculum based on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestones can enable a program's assessment of the systems-based practice component and prepare residents for QI implementation post graduation. This article outlines the development process, curriculum, QI committee formation, and resident QI project requirements of one institution's designated radiology resident QI program. A method of mapping the curriculum to the ACGME milestones and assessment of resident competence by postgraduate year level is provided...
October 18, 2016: Academic Radiology
Hani M Abujudeh, Adam Danielson, Michael A Bruno
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the tools and opportunities available for patient-centered care in radiology and to create a quality patient-centered care process map to organize them for radiology practices. CONCLUSION: This article provides a review of the many opportunities to increase and improve patient-centered care in radiology. A process map that organizes and highlights key elements of patient-centered care throughout the radiology care process is provided that can be implemented to enhance the patient experience of our services and improve the quality of care provided...
November 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Ursula Oestreicher, Daniel Samaga, Elizabeth Ainsbury, Ana Catarina Antunes, Ans Baeyens, Leonardo Barrios, Christina Beinke, Philip Beukes, William F Blakely, Alexandra Cucu, Andrea De Amicis, Julie Depuydt, Stefania De Sanctis, Marina Di Giorgio, Katalin Dobos, Inmaculada Dominguez, Pham Ngoc Duy, Marco E Espinoza, Farrah N Flegal, Markus Figel, Omar Garcia, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Eric Gregoire, C Guerrero-Carbajal, İnci Güçlü, Valeria Hadjidekova, Prakash Hande, Ulrike Kulka, Jennifer Lemon, Carita Lindholm, Florigio Lista, Katalin Lumniczky, Wilner Martinez-Lopez, Nataliya Maznyk, Roberta Meschini, Radia M'kacher, Alegria Montoro, Jayne Moquet, Mercedes Moreno, Mihaela Noditi, Jelena Pajic, Analía Radl, Michelle Ricoul, Horst Romm, Laurence Roy, Laure Sabatier, Natividad Sebastià, Jacobus Slabbert, Sylwester Sommer, Monica Stuck Oliveira, Uma Subramanian, Yumiko Suto, Tran Que, Antonella Testa, Georgia Terzoudi, Anne Vral, Ruth Wilkins, LusiYanti Yanti, Demetre Zafiropoulos, Andrzej Wojcik
PURPOSE: Two quality controlled inter-laboratory exercises were organized within the EU project 'Realizing the European Network of Biodosimetry (RENEB)' to further optimize the dicentric chromosome assay (DCA) and to identify needs for training and harmonization activities within the RENEB network. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The general study design included blood shipment, sample processing, analysis of chromosome aberrations and radiation dose assessment. After manual scoring of dicentric chromosomes in different cell numbers dose estimations and corresponding 95% confidence intervals were submitted by the participants...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Kelvin I Afrashtehfar, Elham Emami, Motahareh Ahmadi, Samer Abi-Nader, Faleh Tamimi
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: No knowledge synthesis exists concerning when to use a direct restoration versus a complete-coverage indirect restoration in posterior vital teeth. PURPOSE: The purpose of this systematic review was to identify the failure rate of conventional single-unit tooth-supported restorations in posterior permanent vital teeth as a function of remaining tooth structure. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four databases were searched electronically, and 8 selected journals were searched manually up to February 2015...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Dong Kwang Seo, Moon Kyu Kim, Soo Jung Choi, Jun Young Sohn, Young Ki Kim, Eui Kyun Jeong, Jung-Ki Ha, Chung Hwan Kim, Jin Hoon Park
STUDY DESIGN: This is a case series of device failure patients. OBJECTIVE: To identify poor candidates for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) using an anchored cage. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: An anchored cage has been used as an alternative implant for ACDF surgery because of ease of use, relatively acceptable fusion rate, and lower risk of plate-related complications, including dysphagia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the outcomes of 36 patients who underwent ACDF using an anchored cage between January 2012 and December 2013...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Maciej Gonciarz, Dawid Szkudłapski, Jerzy Eszyk, Justyna Smagacz, Marek Kopała
Microscopic colitis (MC) is frequent, although still uncommonly diagnosed, cause of chronic diarrhea. The etiopathology of MC is unknown but this disease has strong influence on patient's quality of life (measured by health-related quality of life - HRQoL). MC is characterized by microscopic abnormalities in large bowel's mucosa whereas endoscopic and radiological examination findings are normal. The treatment of MC is an essential social and financial problem due to its frequency in society. Thanks to the results of some controlled research which judged efficiency of some medicines as well as advisory groups recommendations, the MC therapy is nowadays going from empiric to accordance with evidence based medicine...
October 19, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Michael Dau, Amir Edalatpour, Ralf Schulze, Bilal Al-Nawas, Abdulmonem Alshihri, Peer W Kämmerer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the subjective quality rating of panoramic radiography (PAN) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in planning of dental implant procedures by clinicians with different educational background. METHODS: Radiographic images (PAN and CBCT) of 42 patients were examined as follows: 10 maxillary (MX) anterior region, 16 MX posterior region and 16 mandibular (MD) posterior region. These sites were used for planning of dental implant insertion...
October 19, 2016: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
Gleim Dias de Souza, Luciana Rodrigues Queiroz Souza, Ronaldo Máfia Cuenca, Bárbara Stephane de Medeiros Jerônimo, Guilherme Medeiros de Souza, Vinícius Martins Vilela
Introduction: Contrast computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are widely used due to its image quality and ability to study pancreatic and peripancreatic morphology. The understanding of the various subtypes of the disease and identification of possible complications requires a familiarity with the terminology, which allows effective communication between the different members of the multidisciplinary team. Aim: Demonstrate the terminology and parameters to identify the different classifications and findings of the disease based on the international consensus for acute pancreatitis ( Atlanta Classification 2012)...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
S A Taylor, F Avni, C G Cronin, C Hoeffel, S H Kim, A Laghi, M Napolitano, P Petit, J Rimola, D J Tolan, M R Torkzad, M Zappa, G Bhatnagar, C A J Puylaert, J Stoker
OBJECTIVES: To develop guidelines describing a standardised approach to patient preparation and acquisition protocols for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) of the small bowel and colon, with an emphasis on imaging inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS: An expert consensus committee of 13 members from the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) and European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) undertook a six-stage modified Delphi process, including a detailed literature review, to create a series of consensus statements concerning patient preparation, imaging hardware and image acquisition protocols...
October 18, 2016: European Radiology
Roxane Maurer, Michel Rivoire, Valéria Basso, Pierre Meeus, Patrice Peyrat, Aurélien Dupré
BACKGROUND: The portal vascularization of segment IV (S4) of the liver has not been well described. Knowledge of the portal supply to S4 is of great interest for liver surgery and for interventional radiological procedures. This study aimed to analyse the distribution of portal vein branches supplying S4. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed data from patients operated on for liver tumours between 2007 and 2016. Patients with involvement of S4 branches or the left portal vein, previous liver surgery or poor quality imaging were excluded...
October 18, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Renata Castro Martins, Clarice Magalhães Rodrigues Dos Reis, Antonio Thomaz Gonzaga da Matta Machado, João Henrique Lara do Amaral, Marcos Azeredo Furquim Werneck, Mauro Henrique Nogueira Guimarães de Abreu
This cross-sectional study evaluated the relationship between primary and secondary oral health care in Brazil. For this purpose, data from the National Program for Improving Access and Quality of Primary Care were used. Dentists from 12,403 oral health teams (OHTs) answered a structured questionnaire in 2012. The data were analyzed descriptively and by cluster analysis. Of the 12,387 (99.9%) OHTs that answered all the questions, 62.2% reported the existence of Dental Specialties Centers (DSCs) to which they could refer patients...
2016: PloS One
Shafiqur Rahman Jabin, Tim Schultz, Peter Hibbert, Catherine Mandel, William Runciman
The objective of this review is to find the best available evidence regarding effectiveness of quality improvement interventions in clinical radiology and the experiences and perspectives of staff and patients. More specifically, the review questions are.
September 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
J Trotman, J Trinh, Y L Kwan, J A Estell, J Fletcher, K Archer, K Lee, K Foo, J Curnow, A Bianchi, L Wignall, E Verner, R Gasiorowski, E Siedlecka, I Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings aimed at facilitating peer review have become standard practice in oncology. However, there is scant literature on the optimal structure and conduct of such meetings. AIMS: We aimed to develop a process for formal peer review of patients with haematologic malignancies, and to audit any resulting changes made to the management recommendations of the treating physician. METHODS: A standard operating procedure (SOP) for MDT meetings was developed essentially to integrate clinical peer review with weekly pathology and radiology meetings...
October 18, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
Christian Güldner, Isabell Diogo, Eva Bernd, Stephanie Dräger, Magis Mandapathil, Afshin Teymoortash, Hesham Negm, Thomas Wilhelm
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT, syn. digital volume tomography = DVT) was introduced into ENT imaging more than 10 years ago. The main focus was on imaging of the paranasal sinuses and traumatology of the mid face. In recent years, it has also been used in imaging of chronic ear diseases (especially in visualizing middle and inner ear implants), but an exact description of the advantages and limitations of visualizing precise anatomy in a relevant number of patients is still missing. The data sets of CBCT imaging of the middle and inner ear of 204 patients were analyzed regarding the visualization of 18 different anatomic structures...
October 17, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Julian Panes, Vipul Jairath, Barrett G Levesque
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are heterogeneous inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and therapeutic requirements vary among patients. We have a limited capacity to predict disease progression for individual patients, so it is important that they are evaluated for presence of active disease when symptoms are mild or even absent, when patients are more likely to respond to new treatment interventions. It is then important to monitor responses to treatment, to quickly identify those therapies that are ineffective, modify or change therapy, and avoid disease complications...
October 14, 2016: Gastroenterology
Floriana Zennaro, Elena Neri, Federico Nappi, Daniele Grosso, Riccardo Triunfo, Francesco Cabras, Francesca Frexia, Stefania Norbedo, Pierpaolo Guastalla, Massino Gregori, Elisabetta Cattaruzzi, Daniela Sanabor, Egidio Barbi, Marzia Lazzerini
BACKGROUND: The use of point-of-care ultrasonography (POC US) in paediatrics is increasing. This study investigated the diagnostic accuracy of POC US in children accessing the emergency department (ED) when performed by paediatricians under the remote guidance of radiologists (TELE POC). METHODS: Children aged 0 to 18 years accessing the ED of a third level research hospital with eight possible clinical scenarios and without emergency/severity signs at the triage underwent three subsequent US tests: by a paediatrician guided remotely by a radiologist (TELE POC); by the same radiologist (UNBLIND RAD); by an independent blinded radiologist (BLIND RAD)...
2016: PloS One
Chun Bi, Qiugen Wang, Christopher Nagelli, Jianhong Wu, Qian Wang, Jiandong Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the clinical results of treatment for unstable posterior pelvic fractures using a pedicle screw-rod fixator compared to use of a locking compression plate. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective study was performed between June 2010 and May 2014 and the data were collected from 46 patients with unstable posterior pelvic ring fractures. All patients were treated using either a pedicle screw-rod fixator (study group, 24 patients) or locking compression plate (control group, 22 patients)...
October 17, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Lorenzo Trevisiol, Pasquale Procacci, Antonio D'Agostino, Francesca Ferrari, Daniele De Santis, Pier Francesco Nocini
PURPOSE: Several authors have described zygoma implants as a reliable surgical option to rehabilitate severe maxillary defects in case of extreme atrophy or oncological resections. The aim of this study is to report a new technical approach to the rehabilitation of a complex oronasal defect by means of a zygoma-implant-supported full-arch dental prosthesis combined with a nasal epithesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The patient presented with a subtotal bilateral maxillectomy and total rhinectomy defect because of a squamous cell carcinoma of the nose...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
Mina S Makary, Summit H Shah, Shantanu Warhadpande, Ivan G Vargas, James Sarbinoff, Joshua D Dowell
PURPOSE: The association of retrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) with adverse events has led to increased interest in prompt retrieval, particularly in younger patients given the progressive nature of these complications over time. This study takes a design-of-experiments (DOE) approach to investigate methods to best improve filter retrieval rates, with a particular focus on younger (<60 years) patients. METHODS: A DOE approach was executed in which combinations of variables were tested to best improve retrieval rates...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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