Diagnostic Reading #28: Five “Must Read” Articles on Medical Imaging
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Increasing X-ray equipment ROI, and creative thinking in radiology are in the news.
This week’s articles in Diagnostic Reading include: creative thinking helps interpret exams; strategies to improve ROI on imaging equipment; MRI better for prostate cancer screening; urgent improvements needed in U.K. rad services; and new CHEST guidelines for lung cancer screening.
Though medicine is a logic-driven field, thinking creatively can open up new diagnostic avenues and help radiologists become better physicians, experts stated in an Academic Radiology perspective. Just as the novel coronavirus forced industry experts to quickly adapt to a new disease, imaging providers can use innovative ideas to further their interpretation skills, the authors asserted. This article includes strategies to help the creative process.
5 strategies to maximize ROI on radiology equipment – Everything Rad
Maximizing the return on existing radiology equipment has always been a priority. It is even more critical today if funds for purchasing new equipment were diverted to COVID-related expenses. Learn 5 strategies to get the maximum return on your investment in existing X-ray equipment. Many of them will help your radiology team improve productivity – thereby increasing throughput and revenue.
MRI cuts prostate cancer screening over-diagnosis by half – Diagnostic Imaging
Using MRI to screen for prostate cancer—rather than prostate-specific antigen (PSA)—can potentially cut over-diagnosis by half while detecting just as many clinically significant tumors, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This process can reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies, saving patients pain and worry. Using MRI over PSA could not only be good for patients but it could also generate financial benefits for healthcare systems, the team noted.
U.K. watchdog calls for urgent improvements in radiology services – AuntMinnie Europe
A report recently released by the U.K. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) expressed deep concerns about the state of medical imaging services and called on the government and hospital trusts to prioritize National Health Service (NHS) radiology IT systems and alerts. The report calls for prioritizing imaging system improvements as a key patient safety concern and ensuring there is national guidance on radiology reporting roles and procedures.
CHEST releases expert guidelines for lung cancer screening – DOTmed HealthCare Business News
The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) released new clinical guidance, Screening for Lung Cancer: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report. The directive contains evidence-based recommendations and an update of the evidence base for the benefits, harms and implementation of low-dose chest computed tomography (CT) screening. Evidence suggests that low-dose CT screening for lung cancer—which is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women—can reduce cancer-related deaths in the group that is screened.