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Diagnostic Reading #33: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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Imaging COVID patients ‘through glass’; and returning to pre-COVID imaging volumes.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: strategies to help radiology practices recover from the pandemic; imaging COVID patients through glass; important information about upcoming appropriate use criteria; experts discuss the future of remote reading; and tattoos may pose a safety hazard during MRI.

Recovering ‘wisely’ from COVID-19 – AuntMinnie

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It’s possible for radiology practices to “recover wisely” to pre-COVID-19 imaging volumes, according to a recent study published Academic Radiology. Some researchers believe it comes down to close monitoring of data. Their strategy includes steps to backlog patient list prioritization, develop a dashboard to report recovery progress and open additional facilities to handle backlog.

COVID chest imaging through glass – Everything Rad

Infection control while imaging COVID-19 patients is a challenge. Read the blog by University of Utah Health​ on how they capture chest X-ray images through glass walls using the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution.

RBMA: what you need to know about looming AUC implementation – Diagnostic Imaging

As the radiology industry has been anticipating the full implementation of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) and clinical decision support (CDS) since the 2014 Protecting Access to Medicare Act, it is now more critical than ever to be familiar with the next steps and implementation process. This article shares important insights and possible challenges provided during the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) PaRADigm Shift 2020 virtual conference.

Is remote reading here to stay? – Health Imaging

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts believe remote reading is the “new normal” and most telerads would like to make the change permanent. However, there is a definite need for onsite radiologists in many areas—including interventional procedures and fluoroscopy—according to authors of a recent article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Four radiology leaders share their thoughts about the remote reading revolution.

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Tattoos and MRI: RF-induced heating may pose risk – AuntMinnie Europe

The permanent tattoos of patients represent an important potential safety hazard during MRI, and the shape of the tattoo is the major factor in increasing the radiofrequency (RF) heating effects, according to a research team speaking at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) virtual conference. “Most of the cutaneous burns occur around the tattoos due to metallic pigments,” explained one of the researchers.

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