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Diagnostic Reading #40: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Rad salaries, vinyl records, and the NFL are in imaging news this week.

This week’s articles include: female radiologists make the same salary as their male colleagues; a record company is producing records on medical X-rays; how NFL teams are using ultrasound to customize training and nutrition; why multi-center research studies are increasing in some healthcare specialties but not radiology; and how to create an effective patient-centered radiology program.

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Diagnostic Reading keeps you up to date on current news

Female radiologists make as much as male peers – AuntMinnie.com

Female academic radiologists in the U.S. make as much money as their male colleagues—which is unusual among many medical specialties—according to a new study to be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Although gender disparities do still exist in radiology, the researchers found that radiology has achieved a degree of equality that is uncommon in the field of medicine.

X-ray records are changing the business of vinyl – Forbes.com

Los Angeles-based label Blank City Records is investing in X-ray audio and vinyl records pressed on medical X-rays—and the last time people were listening to records on X-rays was in the 1950s. Considering the current boom of records, it’s not surprising that ‘vinyl with a vintage twist’ is becoming popular. Rather than just throwing out or storing an old X-ray, people can connect their bodies to their music.

NFL teams use ultrasound to measure muscle energy storage – Sports Illustrated.com

Denver-based MuscleSound is working with NFL teams to gauge the energy efficiency of players’ muscles, allowing them to tailor personalized training and nutrition schedules to stay on the field. MuscleSound uses ultrasound scans to determine energy stores in athletes’ muscles, in the form of glycogen level, providing an overall “fuel rating” from zero to 100. Muscles are scanned using a handheld ultrasound probe that can be hooked up to a computer, tablet, or Android phone.

Veteran researchers share the benefits, challenges of multicenter radiology research – Radiology Business

Multicenter research studies – published collaborations between at least three medical centers – are becoming increasingly common in some healthcare specialties; but not radiology. A team of researchers who published their findings in Academic Radiology found that multicenter radiology research (MRR)-related publications have not grown to the same degree as other specialties. Researchers state the need to increase the number of MRR studies given their potential impact on clinical practice.

Patient facing for the non-patient-facing radiologist – Diagnostic Imaging

Long considered the next wave of patient care in radiology, patient-centered programs are popping up across the country. Implemented programs show giving patients individualized attention vastly improves their experience with a department, practice or facility. However, before creating an effective patient-centered program, radiologists must find out what the patients want to know.

Blog of the week: Strategies to avoid diagnostic pitfalls in head and neck imaging – Everything Rad

Radiology interpretation of head and neck imaging is prone to error. Read the blog by Drs. Ródiz and Argüelles to learn important strategies to avoid diagnostic pitfalls.

Check back next Friday for a new issue of Diagnostic Reading. #healthIT #radiology #diagnosticreading #EverythingRad

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