Diagnostic Reading #8: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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In the news: positive job outlook for radiologists
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: the radiologist job market continues to thrive; imaging industry supports change in Alzheimer’s scan reimbursement; checklists to help chest CT interpretation; the pros and cons of external hires in the radiology department; and radiologists should embrace disruptors.
Most radiologists are convinced there is a shortage of radiologists and are gaining optimism about the future and security of their specialty, according to an expert in the radiology job market. Despite the radiology job drought from 2010 – 2015, radiologists will be in the ‘driver’s seat’ for the foreseeable future and will be able to choose the type of practice that suits them best, he added.
Imaging industry urges change in reimbursement for Alzheimer’s PET scans – DOTmed HealthCare Business News
Alzheimer’s researchers and patient advocates recently met on Capitol Hill to support passage of a law that they say would increase access to molecular imaging used to diagnose and gauge progression of the disease. The Medicare Diagnostic Radiopharmaceutical Payment Equity Act of 2019 addresses the way scans are packaged for Medicare reimbursement in outpatient facilities, which currently limits patient access to the scans. This meeting included a variety of speakers whose aim was to discuss the importance of access to amyloid PET imaging for diagnosing, researching and treating Alzheimer’s.
Checklists can aid interpretation of chest CT scans – AuntMinnie Europe
Using checklists as a guide to interpreting chest CT examinations can help identify diffuse abnormalities in acute disease, according to Spanish researchers, who added that if systematically applied, checklists of clinical and radiological data can play a valuable role. In a digital poster that received a certificate of merit at RSNA 2019, the researchers provided a comprehensive roundup of the most important information to consider when dealing with patients with acute disease and abnormal lungs.
Radiology department staffing: part 2 – Everything Rad
When you have an opening in the radiology department, is it better to cross-train a current rad tech, or bring in an external hire? In part one, we explored the pros and cons of cross-training. Read part 2 to understand the pros and cons of bringing in an external hire.
Disruptors such as Google and Walmart are turning healthcare upside down in 2020, and radiology is no exception, according to experts in a commentary published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Practices that embrace this transformation—and forge alliances with these disruptors rather than run away—will come out ahead in the long run, they added.