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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942598/radiation-exposure-of-cardiac-sonographers-working-in-an-academic-noninvasive-cardiovascular-imaging-laboratory
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Michael R Velez, Maryellen H Orsinelli, David A Orsinelli
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Exposure to workplace radiation among cardiac sonographers has been felt to be low, and patient-related sources have been considered negligible. Sonographers may be exposed to radiation from patient emitted sources as well as external sources in interventional laboratories. This study quantified radiation exposure to cardiac sonographers. METHODS: Cardiac sonographers, vascular imaging technologists, exercise physiologists, noninvasive nursing staff, and CT/MRI technologists were provided body dosimeter badges...
September 24, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937495/noninvasive-computed-tomography-derived-fractional-flow-reserve-based-on-structural-and-fluid-analysis-reproducibility-of-on-site-determination-by-unexperienced-observers
#2
Keiken Ri, Kanako K Kumamaru, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Yuko Kawaguchi, Tomotaka Dohi, Sou Yamada, Kazuhisa Takamura, Yosuke Kogure, Norikazu Yamada, Etsuro Kato, Ryusuke Irie, Tomohiro Takamura, Michimasa Suzuki, Masaaki Hori, Shigeki Aoki, Hiroyuki Daida
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reproducibility of computed tomography (CT)-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) determined on site by inexperienced observers using a postprocessing software based on structural and fluid analysis. METHODS: Using 21 coronary vessels in 7 patients who underwent 320-row coronary CT angiography and catheter-FFR, 2 independent inexperienced observers (A: a student radiation technologist; B: a nonmedical staff) determined the CT-FFR using a postprocessing software...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920094/convolutional-auto-encoder-for-image-denoising-of-ultra-low-dose-ct
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Mizuho Nishio, Chihiro Nagashima, Saori Hirabayashi, Akinori Ohnishi, Kaori Sasaki, Tomoyuki Sagawa, Masayuki Hamada, Tatsuo Yamashita
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to validate a patch-based image denoising method for ultra-low-dose CT images. Neural network with convolutional auto-encoder and pairs of standard-dose CT and ultra-low-dose CT image patches were used for image denoising. The performance of the proposed method was measured by using a chest phantom. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standard-dose and ultra-low-dose CT images of the chest phantom were acquired. The tube currents for standard-dose and ultra-low-dose CT were 300 and 10 mA, respectively...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904150/emotional-intelligence-throughout-the-lifecycle-of-australian-radiographers
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Sarah Jayne Lewis, Grace Rose Eccles, Stuart James Mackay, John Robinson
PURPOSE: To measure global and domain trait emotional intelligence (EI) throughout the professional lifecycle of Australian radiographers and report the trends. METHODS: A combination retrospective and prospective cross-sectional multiple-cohort study using the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire Short Form (TEIQue-SF) was designed to collect global and domain trait EI scores of several populations, including radiography students (n = 95), inexperienced radiographers (0-5 years' experience; n = 94), experienced radiographers (≥ 6 years' experience; n = 451), chief radiographers (n = 107), clinical educators (n = 24), application specialists (n = 24), and radiographers working in education (n = 15)...
September 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901917/ensuring-proactive-regulatory-initiatives-align-with-the-public-interest
#5
Kathleen Leslie, Sioban Nelson
Regulation of health professions in Ontario has been under scrutiny in recent years with critical media attention and multiple legislative reform measures. The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario's proactive regulatory initiative on steering professional culture, described by Wilkie and Tzountzouris (2017) in their discussion paper, is an example of a regulator evolving its role in the face of changing healthcare demands. In this response, we emphasize how regulators considering these types of initiatives need to ensure the focus remains on transparently carrying out their legislative duty of serving and protecting the public interest...
2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901915/medical-laboratory-technologists-as-quality-improvement-team-members
#6
Dennis Kendel
While Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) do not generally work directly with clinical healthcare teams they have proven to be invaluable contributors to team-based systematic quality improvement in healthcare. They were early adopters of standardized systemic performance measures coupled with explicit strategies for improving suboptimal performance. Their attentiveness to systemic analysis of systemic factors influencing performance has proven to be valuable in our quest to make care optimally safe and high quality...
2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901913/professional-healthcare-regulation-and-practice-the-case-of-medicine-in-britain
#7
Mike Saks
This contribution comments selectively on the themes of the lead paper by Wilkie and Tzountzouris (2017) on aspects of Canadian healthcare regulation that impact on the crucial agenda of public protection. In a more skeptical sociopolitical climate in the modern world, these authors particularly highlight the need to ensure professional attitudes and behaviours enhance and sustain safe patient care - using the recent stance on professionalism of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario as an illustration of good practice...
2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901912/enabling-evolving-practice-for-healthcare-professionals-a-regulator-s-journey
#8
Kathy Wilkie, John Tzountzouris
The inherent risk involved in the provision of healthcare services leads to the inevitable requirement of health human resource oversight to protect the public from harm (Bayne 2012). As healthcare systems evolve, so do theoretical models for, and practical applications of, health human resource oversight policy and processes. The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), as one of 26 health regulatory bodies in Ontario, implements programs or processes to enact and support changes in the knowledge, skill and judgment of their members...
2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901911/defining-health-profession-regulators-roles-in-the-canadian-healthcare-system
#9
Joshua Tepper, Humayun Ahmed, Adalsteinn D Brown
Health professions regulation today faces a myriad of challenges, due to both the perceived performance of regulatory colleges, how health systems have evolved, and even larger political and economic shifts such as the renegotiation of NAFTA. In this issue of Healthcare Papers, Wilkie and Tzountzouris (2017) describe the work of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) to redefine professionalism in the context of these challenges. Their paper, and the comments of the responding authors in this issue highlight that there, is an overarching perception that health regulatory structures - across a range of professions - are not working as effectively as they should...
2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900048/community-acquired-pneumonia
#10
Jennifer Franco
The most commonly ordered radiologic examination is the chest radiograph, and it is considered the gold standard for diagnosing pneumonia. For this reason, it is essential that radiologic technologists understand the disease and how it affects patients. This article discusses the anatomy of the lungs, along with the epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of community-acquired pneumonia.
July 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900047/serving-following-and-leading-in-health-care
#11
Steven M Penny
Radiologic technologists often perform diverse roles throughout the workday, and they should have at least a minimal understanding of the responsibility and effects of these roles on the patient and organization. Although technologists can practice independently or as part of a work group, individuals should be prepared to improve patient care and to function as a servant, follower, and leader for the overall success of the organization. This article examines those roles, emphasizing servantship.
July 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900045/gbcas-and-risk-for-nephrogenic-systemic-fibrosis-a-literature-review
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Asher Street Beam, Kristi G Moore, Savannah N Gillis, Kala F Ford, Tyler Gray, Anne Howard Steinwinder, Alexa Graham
PURPOSE: To examine the risks of using of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and explore strategies to reduce the likeliness of adverse effects in patients who might be at risk for developing nephrogenic system fibrosis (NSF). METHODS: A search of 3 scholarly databases was performed to identify articles that discuss adverse reactions to GBCAs, specifically relating to kidney function, in MR examinations. A total of 20 peer-reviewed articles were analyzed...
July 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898173/utility-of-stereoelectroencephalography-in-children-with-dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumor-and-cortical-malformation
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Jun T Park, Guadalupe Fernandez Baca Vaca, Jennifer Avery, Jonathan P Miller
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled seizures in children can contribute to irreversible cognitive impairment and developmental delay, in addition to placing them at risk for sudden unexplained death in epileptic patients (SUDEP). Since its introduction at Saint Ann Hospital in Paris in the 1960s, stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) is increasingly being utilized at epilepsy centers in the United States as an invasive tool to help localize the seizure focus in drug-resistant focal epilepsy. INDICATIONS: Children with symptomatic epilepsy, commonly due to cortical dysplasia and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET), may benefit from SEEG investigation...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898128/technologist-directed-repeat-musculoskeletal-and-chest-radiographs-how-often-do-they-impact-diagnosis
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Jill E Jacobs, Nidhi Jain, Geraldine Brusca-Augello, Michael Mechlin, Marc Parente, Michael P Recht
OBJECTIVE: Radiologic technologists may repeat images within a radiographic examination because of perceived suboptimal image quality, excluding these original images from submission to a PACS. This study assesses the appropriateness of technologists' decisions to repeat musculoskeletal and chest radiographs as well as the utility of repeat radiographs in addressing examinations' clinical indication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 95 musculoskeletal and 87 chest radiographic examinations in which the technologist repeated one or more images because of perceived image quality issues, rejecting original images from PACS submission...
September 12, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895040/clinical-utility-of-ultra-low-dose-pre-test-exposure-to-avoid-unnecessary-patient-exposure-due-to-positioning-errors-a-simulation-study
#15
Hideo Nose, Junji Shiraishi
The use of digital radiographic systems has decreased the frequency of image retakes due to over/underexposure in general radiography. However, image retakes owing to patient positioning errors are likely to increase because of the convenience of a real-time image check on a console table. The purpose of the present study is to propose a novel radiographic examination procedure with an ultra-low-dose pre-test exposure that may be utilized to check patient positioning prior to taking an actual image, thereby reducing unnecessary patient exposure owing to image retakes...
September 11, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892765/the-performance-of-luminex-aries-%C3%A2-flu-a-b-rsv-and-cepheid-xpert-%C3%A2-flu-rsv-xc-for-the-detection-of-influenza-a-influenza-b-and-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-prospective-patient-samples
#16
Phillip McMullen, Sue Boonlayangoor, Angella Charnot-Katsikas, Kathleen G Beavis, Vera Tesic
BACKGROUND: The demand for rapid, accurate viral testing has increased the number of assays available for the detection of viral pathogens. One of the newest FDA cleared platforms is the Luminex ARIES(®) Flu A/B & RSV, which is a fully automated, real-time PCR-based assay used for detection of influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). OBJECTIVES: We sought to compare the performance of Luminex ARIES(®) Flu A/B & RSV assay to the Cepheid Xpert(®) Flu/RSV XC assay for rapid Flu and RSV testing...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884264/ambulatory-screening-tool-for-sleep-apnea-analyzing-a-single-lead-electrocardiogram-signal-ecg
#17
Solveig Magnusdottir, Hugi Hilmisson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The goal was to determine the utility and accuracy of automated analysis of single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) data using two algorithms, cardiopulmonary coupling (CPC), and cyclic variation of heart rate (CVHR) to identify sleep apnea (SA). METHODS: The CPC-CVHR algorithms were applied to identify SA by analyzing ECG from diagnostic polysomnography (PSG) from 47 subjects. The studies were rescored according to updated AASM scoring rules, both manually by a certified technologist and using an FDA-approved automated scoring software, Somnolyzer (Philips Inc...
September 7, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883675/developing-the-medication-reminder-mobile-application-seeb
#18
Sakineh Saghaeiannejad-Isfahani, Asghar Ehteshami, Ebtesam Savari, Ali Samimi
INTRODUCTION: Today, the structure of comprehensive health care emphasizes self-care more than therapy. Medication therapy is a strong instrument for therapy received through the health setting, especially in medication area. Error in medication administration has produced different problems and they cost billions of dollars every year. Regarding mobile phone extensions, we developed a local medication reminder mobile application called "Seeb" as a suitable solution for decreasing medication errors for Iranians...
June 2017: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874514/technologist-news
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September 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871810/mammography-positioning-standards-in-the-digital-era-is-the-status-quo-acceptable
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Ashley I Huppe, Kelly L Overman, Jason B Gatewood, Jacqueline D Hill, Louise C Miller, Marc F Inciardi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to evaluate positioning of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) compared with film-screen (FS) mammography positioning standards. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted of consecutive patients who underwent screening FFDM in 2010-2012 and DBT in 2012-2013 at an academic institution. Examinations were performed by five experienced technologists who underwent updated standardized positioning training...
September 5, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
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