Diagnostic Reading #24: Five “Must Read” Articles on HIT and Radiology

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Radiology reports and radiologist interactions are in the news this week.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: five suggestions for patient-friendly radiology reports; NHS Trust shares their experience with enterprise imaging; neuroimaging shows  connection between air pollution and childhood anxiety; a new ‘scorecard’ to evaluate digital health solutions; and radiologists add significant value when working with radiation oncologists.

5 tips for producing patient-friendly radiology reports – Radiology Business

Patients are now reading their own radiology reports on a regular basis. A recent commentary published in Academic Radiology examined what this means for the specialty as a whole, and offers five suggestions on how radiologists can work to provide the very best patient care possible.

Enterprise imaging system improves medical imaging services at NHS Trust – Everything Rad

A patient’s medical journey can be complicated. A radiologist explains how imaging facilities within the NHS trust are reducing some of the complexity with an enterprise imaging system. The system helps ensure that all images are online at all sites so that the patient can be imaged at one site and treated at others without interruption, and without having to transfer images around the region.

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Neuroimaging connects air pollution to childhood anxiety – Health Imaging

New evidence suggests air pollution may have a negative impact on the neurological development of children, according to a neuroimaging study published in Environmental Research. According to the study’s lead author, the evidence indicates the central nervous system is particularly vulnerable to air pollution and may play a role in the etiology of mental disorders like anxiety or depression.

Johns Hopkins researchers call for digital health scorecard – Health Data Management

With the rapid growth of digital health solutions, there is a serious need for an objective, transparent and standards-based framework to evaluate these healthcare products, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University. However, this research team believes they have come up with a “path to validation” for digital health. The path they recommend is a “digital health scorecard” covering four domains—technical, clinical, usability and cost. Their plan was published in the journal npj Digital Medicine.

Radiologists provide added value when working with radiation oncologists – Radiology Business

Dedicated discussions between diagnostic radiologists and radiation oncologists provide significant value when treating thoracic oncology patients, according to a study published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. The study’s authors also observed that the level of confidence in radiation oncology management increased after the diagnostic radiologist’s involvement in 95.6% of the cases presented during diagnostic radiology/radiation oncology rounds. 

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