The Reading Room

Our latest update on all things imaging

Want higher quality radiology reports? Consider disease-specific templates.

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Ty Aderhold May 22, 2018

Structured report templates, while not new to radiology, have been growing in popularity in recent years. These templates provide a standardized format and layout—differing based on exam type—that guide the radiologist through the read and generate clear, consistent reports for referring providers.

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Lung screening programs are underutilized. Learn three new ways to differentiate your program.

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Catherine Kosse May 8, 2018

Lung cancer has the highest cancer mortality among men and women in the United States, but a recent study shows that only 3.9% of qualified patients undergo the recommended annual screening exams.

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More Medicare patients with implanted devices can now receive MRIs. Here's how to prepare.

Miriam Sznycer-Taub April 24, 2018

Medicare patients with implanted cardiac devices will now be covered for MRIs. CMS announced this change last week, marking a departure from previous coverage decisions. Prior to this announcement, patients with devices including pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators were only covered for MRIs as part of a clinical trial—unless their device was specifically approved by the FDA as MRI-compatible.

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How virtual reality and augmented reality could change medical imaging

by Lea Halim and Ty Aderhold March 28, 2018

While artificial intelligence has dominated much of the discussion on the technological future of imaging, it's important for imaging leaders not to lose sight of other technological advances that may impact radiology in the coming years. In particular, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have the chance to change diagnostic and interventional radiology.

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The medical isotope shortage and why it matters, explained

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Catherine Kosse March 9, 2018

This month, a Canadian supplier will discontinue production of a critical isotope widely used for SPECT studies, which has sparked widespread concern about an impending shortage.

The supplier, Chalk River, runs a nuclear reactor that processes molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the parent isotope of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), which is the primary isotope used for these exams. Chalk River is the only North American supplier, and their exit leaves only six suppliers globally.

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Your guide to radiology accreditation

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Emily Snow February 23, 2018

Historically, accreditation has been a powerful tool to distinguish leading imaging programs. Given the cost of participating in these programs, imaging leaders must make thoughtful decisions about which accreditations will best set their programs apart from the rest.

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Leveraging the algorithm: How imaging leaders can benefit from early AI adoption

by Lea Halim and Ty Aderhold February 12, 2018

Despite a limited number of current applications, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken the radiology world by storm. Every week, there's another news article on AI's potential to change radiology. What forces are driving this focus?

Learn the latest imaging market trends for 2018

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Digital mammography isn't perfect. Here are the top alternative approaches to breast cancer screening.

by Miriam Sznycer-Taub and Elena Price January 29, 2018

Mammography has long been the gold standard for breast cancer detection. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 75% of all U.S. women over age 40 report they have had a mammogram in the past two years.

Despite its high profile in the imaging world, there are some concerns about mammography's effectiveness. According to the American Cancer Society, screening mammograms miss about one in five cancers. Meanwhile, false-positive results bring unwarranted stress and lead to unnecessary tests. Another concern is the increased likelihood of erroneous results among the one-third to one-half of women who have dense breast tissue.

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