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Diagnostic Reading #6: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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CT dose reduction and peer learning in radiology are in the news.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: advances in CT dose reduction; cross-training radiology department staff; suggestions to improve peer learning; important considerations before providing remote reading; and low-dose CT screening reduces smoker deaths.

CT’s future: What’s new in dose reduction – Diagnostic Imaging 

More innovations are on the way to improve CT that will impact providers and boost patient care. In a presentation during the Arab Health 2020 annual meeting, developments in CT were discussed, as well as various steps radiologists and radiographers can take to control radiation dose as best as possible. An example is photon counting detectors—an emerging technology focused on radiation dose-efficiency, high spatial resolution and energy discrimination.  

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The pros and cons of cross-training radiology department staff – Everything Rad

When you need to replace or increase the number of specialized radiologic technologists, two options exist. One, you may opt to cross-train a current employee for the job, or two, hire a skilled rad tech from outside the company. What does each option mean for your radiology department? And which one is the best option? In this 2-part series, a radiology administrator gives an in-depth analysis of the choices, including their pros and cons.

Most radiologists have moved toward peer learning, but many want more standardization – Health Imaging 

Most practicing radiologists have moved toward peer learning, yet there are still discrepancies in the process causing dissatisfaction among large ranks of imaging professionals. Peer review systems are designed to assess radiologists’ competency and help maintain their ability to deliver high-quality care but some approaches do the opposite, researchers argued in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Radiologists have been aiming to transition toward a peer-learning model, emphasizing positive culture, anonymous cases and growth.

Six tough questions to ask before providing remote reading – Axis Imaging News 

Supporting radiologists with access to remote reading can be a meaningful way to retain a talented radiologist workforce and may provide a better work-life balance to help reduce physician burnout, according to a professional in medical imaging informatics. This article offers advice on important questions to ask before providing a remote-reading environment.

Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer cuts smoker deaths: study – DOTmed HealthCare Business News 

Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer reduces deaths among current and former heavy smokers—adding to the evidence that supports wider testing—according to a study published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. Scanning for heavy smokers cut deaths from lung cancer by 24 percent for men and 33 percent for women over a 10-year period. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is looking at the study and its guidelines for possible updating.

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