The focus of quality improvement in healthcare is to bolster performance and processes related to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Leaders in this space also ensure the proper selection of imaging exams and procedures, and monitor the safety of services, among other duties. Reimbursement programs such as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) utilize financial incentives to improve quality. This also includes setting and maintaining care quality initiatives, such as the requirements set by the Joint Commission.

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Radiologist accuracy takes a hit overnight, especially with advanced imaging exams

Serious discrepancies between preliminary imaging reads and final radiology reports are at risk of accumulating when the prelims are rendered during overnight hours. 

August 16, 2023

Experts advocate for more intensive head-and-neck cancer follow-up using FDG-PET/CT

Scientists believe this is the first series demonstrating a significant survival difference in patients monitored with an intensive follow-up strategy via 18F-fludeoxyglucose–positron emission tomography.  

August 11, 2023
Artificial intelligence can help make breast cancer screening mammography more accurate.

AI-based decision support tool can reduce unnecessary breast biopsies, save millions

Scientists at Houston Methodist Hospital developed the intelligent-augmented breast cancer risk calculator, testing it across a large dataset to produce promising results. 

August 11, 2023
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Evidence supporting use of radiomics is 'insufficient' and 'weak,' according to new meta-analysis

Although the predictive power of radiomics has been touted as a tool that could improve patient outcomes, the method has a long way to go before it can be reliably introduced into real-world clinical environments.

July 24, 2023
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Appropriate use of imaging proven teachable during medical ed

Radiology education researchers have created an image-intensive online course for third- and fourth-year medical students wishing to learn radiology remotely.

July 21, 2023

Nonphysician practitioners' growing role in imaging interpretations

It has long been known that NPPs increase utilization of radiology services, but new data indicate that they also  are increasingly taking on more imaging interpretation responsibilities.

July 6, 2023

Lumbar MRI exam duration cut in half using deep learning-based reconstruction algorithm

And the improved scan times did not come at the expense of image quality but, instead, offered improved signal-to-noise ratio, according to a new study in Skeletal Radiology.

July 3, 2023
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Self-directed triage 'phone trees' can significantly reduce disruptions in radiology workflows

Automated phone trees are a cost-effective means of reducing unnecessary interruptions and can be implemented “in an easily accessible manner,” according to experts at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

July 3, 2023

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Monique Rasband, KLAS vice president of strategy and research for imaging, shares the trends she is seeing in the specialty.

Radiologists need better access to patient data stored in the electronic medical record, imaging IT expert Rik Primo explains. 

Imaging IT expert Rik Primo discusses emerging issues he saw at RSNA and HIMSS.

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