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Diagnostic Reading #18: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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Numerous COVID-19 resources available to radiology profession.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: new e-learning resources to help with COVID-19; safety recommendations from experienced radiographers; RSNA launches educational tool; diagnostic screenings decrease substantially during pandemic; and a guide to help you stay entertained while staying at home.

New e-learning COVID-19 resources for radiographers – Society of Radiographers (SoR) News

New e-learning resources are now available for radiographers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) online resources provide training and advice for radiographers conducting mobile chest X-rays of patients suspected to be infected by coronavirus. Topics covered include minimizing risk using PPE and infection control, how to safely use mobile equipment, optimizing image quality, radiation protection and how to assess and evaluate radiographs. The content was developed in partnership with the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT), the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH).

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Radiographers speak on PPE and COVID-19 infection control – AuntMinnie Europe

As radiographers are on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, radiology departments must develop and implement a strategy to keep staff and patients safe. This article provides recommendations for safety strategies from five experienced European radiographers, who discuss their work and how they minimize transmission of the virus.

RSNA launches case collection educational tool – Axis Imaging News

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has launched a case report collection developed by and for radiologists to enhance diagnostic outcomes. The RSNA Case Collection provides an online resource of clinical cases intended to be used as an educational tool, and includes image-focused case reports from across radiology subspecialties. Consisting of images, relevant patient information, final and differential diagnoses, case discussions and references, this case collection is the first of its kind to be developed exclusively for the radiology environment.

US diagnostic screenings down by almost 70% amid pandemic – DOTmed Healthcare Business News

Diagnostic panels and cancer screenings are down by as much as 68% across the U.S., according to a recent study. Critical for detecting and monitoring cancer and other conditions, routine medical tests have decreased in number since mid-March as patients stay home to help fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some areas hit hardest by the pandemic have seen decreases that exceed this national drop, including Manhattan, where A1c blood tests for diabetes were down by more than 90%; Massachusetts, where cholesterol testing fell 80.5%; and California, where screening to detect cervical cancer dropped by 76.3%.

On the lighter side: A guide to being entertained while staying at home – Everything Rad

Are you getting restless staying at home? You’re not alone. Fortunately, one of Carestream’s enterprising employees created this great guide with lots of links to resources to help you pass the time while sheltering at home! It has ideas and activities for everyone in the household. Visit Everything Rad to download the guide.

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