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Diagnostic Reading #36: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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UK recommendations on patient follow up, and testing of radiology residents are in the news.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: ACR supports reducing administrative burden for patients; determining the best way to test radiology residents; US leads the world in AI/radiology research publishing; UK agency recommendations on patient follow up; and are radiologists prepared for AI impact?

ACR submits comments supporting Patients Over Paperwork initiative – Health Imaging

The American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments to CMS indicating its support for reducing administrative burden through the Patients over Paperwork initiative. Under the umbrella of CMS’s broader initiative is the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), which mandates ordering providers consult an appropriate use criteria clinical decision support (CDS) tool when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging for Medicare patients. The ACR praised the legislation, which begins Jan. 1, 2020, as an educational year with no reimbursement penalties.

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What’s the best way to test radiology residents? – Diagnostic Imaging

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) eliminated the oral portion of the board exam about 10 years ago, making it a multiple-choice test. The current question in the industry is whether the changes to the test have been a good idea. While many in the industry support the move toward more psychometric testing—a standardized method that determines a resident’s mastery of knowledge—others worry about the move away from testing radiology’s more interactive skills.

US leads the world in publishing AI-based radiology research – Radiology Business

The United States is a global leader in publishing artificial intelligence (AI)-based radiology research, according to findings published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. From 2000 to 2018, the country has accounted for anywhere from 35-50% of all AI-based radiology research being published around the world.

Act now on handling of serious findings, urges new report – AuntMinnie Europe

A government-funded, independent U.K. healthcare agency published detailed recommendations about how to improve the handling of serious unexpected findings on patient scans by hospital staff. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) conducted a comprehensive investigation that aimed to highlight the issues around patient follow up and alerts within the National Health Service (NHS) in England. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has endorsed the report.

Radiologists ill-prepared for how AI will impact the profession – Health Data Management

Many radiologists are not ready for the changes that big data and artificial intelligence (AI) will bring to their lives, according to a professor of radiology and vice chair of radiology informatics at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. During a recent web seminar, he stated some radiologists are more open to change than others, but for all of those in the profession, incorporating big data and AI in radiology will be disruptive, and some will become disillusioned.

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