Diagnostic Reading #50: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

Radiology annoyances, social media, and 3D printing are in the news.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: how radiology could help identify domestic abuse and sexual assault victims; whether personal branding is necessary for radiologists; how a hospital network reduced variation in CT radiation dose; the annoyances that might make a working radiologist want to retire; and the FDA’s new guidance on 3D printing medical devices.

Radiology helps identify domestic abuse and sexual assault – MedImaging

Common patterns of injury detected by radiologists could help identify victims of intimate partner violence, according to a recent study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Common injury patterns such as soft tissue injuries and extremity fractures, which often involved the distal upper extremities, suggest injury from defensive attempts. The presence of old and acute fractures may be pivotal in making the diagnosis of intimate partner violence. The study’s co-author suggested the need for a targeted intervention program not only to identify but also intervene in the various aspects of care of these patients.

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Personal branding for radiologists: Is it necessary to get ahead? – Radiology Business

In this new age of social media and physician scrutiny, an increasing number of radiologists are getting a new message: define your brand before it defines you. Although radiology is a profession widely known for its reclusiveness and reserve, a strong social media presence—particularly on third-party physician rating websites—can give someone greater control over his or her own brand.

3 ways to cut variability in CT radiation dose – AuntMinnie

A hospital network in Pennsylvania was able to reduce variation in CT radiation dose by taking three key steps, according to research presented at RSNA 2017 and recently published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The standardization of protocols and the ability to use dose-modulation technology allowed the group to significantly decrease variability, according to one of the researchers. Read the related blog on Understanding Radiology Exposures.

If I ever retire – Diagnostic Imaging

Why would a radiologist—who has no desire to stop practicing radiology—quit working and retire? In short: all of the nonsense, annoyances, and aggravations that go with the territory of radiology. This ‘baggage’ includes illogical policies, mandated structured reporting, and referring clinicians who don’t provide a suitable patient history.

FDA issues new guidance on 3D printing medical devices – Radiology Business

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new guidance detailing the agency’s initial thoughts and recommendations related to the 3D printing of medical devices. The guidance includes information on how to properly submit devices to the FDA, device design and how to test for function and durability. The FDA already has reviewed more than 100 medical devices manufactured on 3D printers, calling it “likely just the tip of the iceberg” and stated that recommendations may change rather quickly as technology continues to evolve. Watch the video on to see how Carestream is integrating a 3D printing solution with our Clinical Collaboration Platform.

Blog of the week/Best radiology apps for 2018 – Everything Rad

What apps will radiologists be using in 2018? We’ve summarized the hottest ones on Everything Rad.

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