Quality

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.

Implementing an EHR cancer tracking system to review radiology reports for abnormal findings resulted in patients at one Veterans Affairs Hospital receiving their cancer diagnosis and treatment months earlier than those who were imaged before the system was put into place.

With the shortage, which pertains specifically to all formulations and concentrations of GE Healthcare’s Omnipaque (iohexol), expected to last until mid-June, several organizations have eluded that conservation efforts are of critical importance.#contrastshortage #CTcontrast #iodinatedcontrast

"Ultimately, long-term studies are vital to parse out whether the absence of iodinated contrast media greatly affected patient outcomes or if we have been overdependent on ICM unnecessarily.” 

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The new AI addition is said to increase resolution by up to 65% and is compatible with 97% of current MRI protocols.

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Experts observed significantly reduced pneumothorax and pulmonary hemorrhage rates of 8% and 6% when utilizing the method.

Beyond readmission, 32.9% of patients with increased pancreatic necrosis volumes required additional invasive interventions.

The protocol does not come at the expense of deteriorated image quality, according to work published recently in the European Journal of Radiology.

This week Bayer announced the launch of Calantic Digital Solutions, a suite of applications intended to optimize clinical workflows by triaging and prioritizing critical findings, improving disease detection and automating tasks for radiologists. 

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This week in AJR, experts shared how they were able to reduce FDG PET scan acquisition times by 33%, thus reducing the amount of total radiation exposure to more vulnerable pediatric patients. 

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A new paper published in Academic Radiology details one institution’s transition from free text to structured reporting templates and the resultant departmental impact.

Artificial intelligence can help make breast cancer screening mammography more accurate.

Combining ensemble AI models with reads from breast radiologists of mixed experience levels can help health systems consistently diagnose malignant architectural distortion on mammography.

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Those who were on the path to retirement were more likely to commit errors and less likely to attend tumor boards.

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Experts arrived at this conclusion after analyzing 4.67 million chest radiographs on patients with suspected pneumonia.

Around the web

There is not agreement among the top structural heart experts if CT is required for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), but a Henry Ford Hospital study shows it can improve outcomes.

Ron Blankstein, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, explains recent advances in coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) technology. 

With the elevation of cardiac CT to a 1A indication in the 2021 Chest Pain Guidelines, there has been a large amount of interest in starting coronary artery CT angiography (CCTA) programs. 

   
   
   
   
   
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