Diagnostic Reading #30: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Lessons learned from COVID-19; and a possible “second healthcare crisis” make news.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: lessons learned from the pandemic, so far; getting the most out of application training on imaging equipment; delayed cancer screenings could lead to another healthcare crisis; new website helps find AI software; and radiologists ask for Medicare pay hike.
ECR 2020: what we’ve learned from COVID-19 – Diagnostic Imaging
COVID-19 has been the worst attack on global health since the Spanish flu of 1918, according to a speaker at the recent European College of Radiology virtual annual meeting (ECR 2020). Though the global healthcare system has not yet been able to evaluate the widespread impacts of the pandemic, some lessons have been learned in the areas of virus behavior, patient impact and imaging implementation. This article shares these lessons and includes guidance on how imaging services can best be used during the outbreak.
Medical imaging equipment training: best practices – Everything Rad
Radiology administrators – do you want your radiographers to be proficient on your imaging equipment – and use its capabilities to its fullest? Read the blog by 2 highly-experienced Applications Consultants who share their best practices for getting the most out of applications training.
The American College of Radiology (ACR), along with other leading imaging organizations, warned governors that cancer screenings delayed during the pandemic may lead to a “second health crisis.” They noted that patients whose disease would normally be diagnosed on imaging exams—such as MRI, PET, CT or mammography—may instead be getting worse, which can lead to more serious and potentially permanent consequences. The groups’ statement recommends governors take action allowing patients to undergo timely procedures to address health conditions in settings that don’t restrict providers treating COVID-19 patients.
New website aims to help radiologists find AI software – AuntMinnie Europe
A group from Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands has launched a website to help radiologists find and learn about the radiology artificial intelligence (AI) software applications that are commercially available in Europe. Organized by the university’s Diagnostic Image Analysis Group (DIAG), the “AI for Radiology” site seeks to provide detailed overviews of all CE-Marked AI software for radiology.
Several groups representing both radiologists and imaging manufacturers are pressing U.S. lawmakers for a Medicare pay hike to help cover personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. In addition, they’re pushing congressional leaders to establish a loan program that would help cover imaging equipment upgrades. As Medicare reimbursement for providers is based around prior year’s costs—and does not reflect the surging amount of resources practices have dedicated to the novel coronavirus—the American College of Radiology (ACR) and others want a 1% boost for Medicare services until at least Dec. 31, 2021.