Mahadevappa Mahesh, PhD, professor of radiology and a medical physicist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains a new ACR effort to ensure that lower radiation dose X-ray images under Image Wisely and As Low as Reasonable Achievable (ALARA) meet diagnostic reading standards.
The software was put to the test on nearly 5,000 trauma radiographs, assessing for the presence of fractures, dislocations, elbow effusions and focal bone lesions. In some cases, it outperformed radiologists by as many as 82 points.
Established clinical guidelines hold that patients presenting with ankle issues should not receive advanced imaging ahead of standard radiography. New research shows a substantial proportion of ordering clinicians sending these patients straight to MRI anyway.