Diagnostic Reading #37: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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In the news: patient-centered radiology and managing mistakes in medical imaging.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: improving radiology readiness worldwide; AAPM clarifies X-ray recommendations; increased emphasis on patient-centered radiology; how to manage mistakes in radiology; and nominations are open for the RADxx Awards.
Improving radiology readiness in low-resource countries and regions – Everything Rad
Radiology shortages come in many forms – lack of radiologists, lack of training, or perhaps lack of equipment. RAD-AID understands that a single model can’t address all aspects of radiology shortages. That’s why its critical first step is to deploy Radiology-Readiness, RAD-AID’s trademarked data collection and analysis tool. Read the interview with Melissa Culp, RAD-AID’s vice president and chief operating officer.
AAPM clarifies X-ray shielding recommendations – Health Imaging
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has published an open letter explaining its decision earlier this year to recommend against gonadal and fetal shielding during X-ray exams. The position statement, which was endorsed by the American College of Radiology (ACR), found shielding may “obscure anatomic information,” potentially compromising exams, and could increase a patient’s radiation dose.
Patient-centered radiology – Health Management
This article discusses how patients currently are taking a more active role in their health, and therefore more emphasis is being made to keep the patient at the center of care. Especially in radiology, more areas of the field are focusing on patient-centered healthcare experiences. Initiatives such as the co-location of radiologists and clinicians and creating easy-to-understand radiology reports are examples of how radiology is becoming more customer-focused. Read the related blog for suggestions to build trust between radiographers and patients.
How to manage mistakes in radiology – Diagnostic Imaging
The healthcare industry—including radiology—continues to wrestle with medical errors, the root causes behind them and how to minimize them. With mistakes still occurring in the industry, providers need to know how to address them and, potentially, minimize the risk that they’ll happen again in the future. Read the related blog for 15 strategies to help minimize radiological errors.
Nominations for annual RADxx Awards now open – Radiology Business
RAD Women (RADxx), a professional group for women in the radiology and imaging informatics industries, announced that nominations are open for its annual RADxx Awards. The awards were created to recognize both substantial achievements by women and anyone—men or women—who have helped support the advancement of women in their careers. Nominations will be open until November 15th, 2019. Winners will be announced at RSNA 2019.
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