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Diagnostic Reading #28: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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Radiology’s role with patients and infection control are in the news this week.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: how radiologists should take ownership of their patients; calculating ROI on orthopedic imaging equipment; infection control in MRI; ACR and RSNA urge caution with autonomous AI; and the pros and cons of radiology’s use of social media.

How radiologists can avoid becoming a ‘ghost in a dark room,’ take ownership of patients – Radiology Business

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As radiology practices aim to maintain quality while working through their backlog of imaging studies, it will be crucial that they take “ownership” of their patients, according to American College of Radiology (ACR) President Debra Monticciolo, MD. In remarks posted to the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Dr. Monticciolo noted that this includes assuming responsibility for each individual, avoiding excuses and resolving to make things right. She implored her peers to seek control in their own work, and to target artificial intelligence (AI) as one possible way to assist. “Our clinician colleagues need our expertise. We need to be an integral part of the healthcare team. Not a ghost in a dark room,” she added. Read the blog by Brigham and Women’s Hospital on “radiology’s role in the patient experience”.

Calculating ROI on diagnostic imaging equipment in orthopaedics – Everything Rad

How do you calculate the ROI of diagnostic imaging equipment? Dr. Anish Kadakia shares how Northwestern Memorial Hospital evaluated the ROI of the OnSight 3D Extremity System for orthopaedic imaging.

COVID-19: Attention shifts to MRI infection control – AuntMinnie Europe

Cleaning procedures for CT units used to scan COVID-19 patients continue to be a hot topic—but now that it’s becoming clear the disease can cause brain alterations, more consideration is being given to how radiology departments are dealing with infection control in the MRI suite. Important questions include: How do you handle the issue of airflow? Should you have different cleaning protocols for confirmed infected patients and for others? In this article, three MRI specialists explain how they handle infection control in their hospitals. Download Carestream’s guidelines for disinfecting our imaging equipment.

Radiology leaders urge proceeding with caution with autonomous AI – Diagnostic Imaging

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools that operate independently in radiology are not yet safe and pursuing their use should be done carefully, according to two industry leadership organizations. In a letter to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), leaders from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) expressed concerns that these AI tools have not been sufficiently tested to ensure their safety, and that a framework is not yet in place to address that problem. Read the blog on the ‘cost-benefit analysis of AI in radiology.”

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Social media and radiology—the good, the bad, and the ugly – Axis Imaging News

A paper examining the advantages and challenges of various social media platforms for different purposes in radiology was recently published online in Academic Radiology. The authors found that LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are well suited to education. “Social media can be a valuable educational and communication tool that medical professionals can use to enhance career development,” according to the lead author. The paper also contains examples of professional and non-professional posts. 

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