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Diagnostic Reading #46: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging

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In the news: ACR 2021 will be online; and guidelines for choosing DR detectors.

This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: ACR announces virtual meeting in 2021; radiologist’s interpretation improved by patient history; guidelines for choosing a DR detector; tips for MRI infection control; and the debate over short MRI protocols.

ACR announces 2021 virtual annual meeting – Axis Imaging News

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) Council Steering Committee has made the decision to conduct the ACR 2021 Annual Meeting (ACR 2021) virtually from May 15-19. The virtual ACR 2021 meeting will encompass governance essentials as well as educational programming and networking opportunities, including CME and Council elections. The ACR anticipates registration will open in early 2021. Read the Tips for Getting the Most Out of Virtual Meetings.

Value of a patient’s clinical history – Radiology Business

A patient’s detailed clinical history can help improve a radiologist’s interpretation of diagnostic images, according to an analysis recently published in Academic Radiology. Having access to such information prior to reading scans is debated among medical circles, with concerns that it could bias physicians. However, this study concluded that access to a patient’s backstory does not hamper a radiologist’s work, in most instances.

Guidelines for choosing your next detector –  Everything Rad

A digital radiology detector is an integral part of your medical imaging system and workflow. The right detector can help improve the efficiency of your radiographers and provide you with advanced imaging applications to help improve diagnosis and patient care.

But how do you choose the right DR detector? With different sizes, different scintillators and different software, the choices are almost as varied as options on a new vehicle! Read these guidelines to help you choose a detector that fits your facility’s needs at a price you can afford.

Top tips for MRI infection control in COVID-19 era – AuntMinnie Europe

A team of researchers has developed a simple, low-cost MRI bore cleaning kit to minimize the risk of COVID-19 cross-infection. As the group was unable to find definitive guidance or suitable commercial products, they decided to develop their own solution in an attempt to ensure patient safety. “Our bottom line is that as a research MRI scanning unit, we have to absolutely minimize risk,” said one of the researchers. This article includes details of the process and equipment.

Short MRI protocols are part of imaging’s future – Health Imaging

Fast MRI protocols reduce exam times and increase efficiency, and this approach is becoming a larger part of radiology with proven success in abdominal and pediatric imaging. However, many in the field hold opposing views on whether it does more harm than good. Imaging experts from two top institutions shared their arguments for and against abbreviated exams, published recently in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  


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