The Reading Room

Our latest update on all things imaging

3 reasons imaging directors should care about peer review

by Ty Aderhold October 19, 2016

As imaging continues to move towards value, it is becoming increasingly important for imaging programs to be able to demonstrate their quality. While scan quality falls under the direct purview of imaging directors, radiologist quality can feel like an uncontrollable outside variable.

However, imaging directors should own the quality that comes from their radiologists and understand how radiologists are currently reviewed. We’ve outlined three reasons for this below.

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Power in numbers: The pros of integrating interventional radiologists in tumor boards

by Pooja Desai October 14, 2016

Interventional oncology is now one of the fastest growing fields in interventional radiology, with IO procedures rising by 52% in the last nine years. This growth should be no surprise, as rising cancer rates and advancements in technology have opened the door for physicians to treat tumors with minimally invasive procedures.

With all this buzz around interventional care, it’s no wonder interventional radiologists (IRs) are searching for ways to grow their program, collaborate with other service lines, and stay up to date on the latest advancements in care. One approach is integrating interventional radiologists, specifically those that specialize in oncology, in tumor boards and surgical clinics. In a recent article published by the Radiological Society of North America, physicians from organizations across the country weighed in on how including IRs on tumor boards can benefit your interventional radiology program. We’ve highlighted three key takeaways below.

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Rise of the medical machines—and what they mean for radiology

by Ty Aderhold October 5, 2016

The future of machine learning in radiology has been a hot topic of debate in recent years. The biggest question of the debate: Will machine learning algorithms become sophisticated enough to make radiologists unnecessary?

On one side are radiologists like Dr. Jason Kelly, who think that machines will be reading most routine CT scans within ten years. On the other are those like Dr. Eliot Siegel, who contend that radiologists are here to stay, even as deep learning continues to make advances in the field of image recognition.

Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, it’s important to have base-level understanding of machine learning, which we’ll outline in this blog.

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What imaging leaders need to know from the ACR workforce survey results

by Erin Lane September 28, 2016

A looming threat of a physician shortage, widespread health system physician employment, growth of national radiology groups, and a push for reduced utilization under value-based care; what do these market dynamics mean for the radiologist workforce of the future?

We have some insight into what the future of the radiologist workforce holds based on the data collected by the American College of Radiology in their most recent annual Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey which includes responses covering about 40% of all practicing radiologists in 2016.

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Better together: How one radiology group improved care, collaboration for hospital partners

by Solomon Banjo September 23, 2016

Hospitals and health systems have invested heavily in IT infrastructure such as electronic health records (EHRs) in recent years. However, these IT solutions have struggled to deliver on the promise of information exchange and interoperability that initially spurred adoption.

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When should the Image Gently campaign end? Two experts debate.

Miriam Sznycer-Taub September 16, 2016

Here at the Imaging Performance Partnership, we’ve been interested in the recent back and forth taking place in the Journal of the American College of Radiology regarding the future of the Image Gently campaign. Over the past several months, Dr. Mervyn Cohen, of Indiana University, and Dr. Donald Frush, of Duke University Medical Center and the Image Gently Alliance, have presented their views on the success (or lack thereof) of the Image Gently campaign and what the future might look like for pediatric radiation dose management.

For those unfamiliar, the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging was created in 2007 in an effort to raise awareness of opportunities to lower pediatric radiation dose. This Alliance grew into Image Gently, a campaign using social marketing to both physicians and parents to address these issues.

Image Gently now comprises more than 100 professional societies and more than 1 million health care professionals. Through the website and marketing campaigns, Image Gently offers protocols to help lower radiation dose, recommendations for technologists and physicians, and advice for parents. With such a wealth of information available, it stands to wonder why we would even be speaking about ending this campaign.

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The best way to improve radiology patient transport efficiency

by Erin Lane September 2, 2016

Operational efficiency is a top priority for hospital-based imaging leaders, as minimizing patient length of stay is a key component of improving patient care and reducing costs. For imaging programs, effective patient transport is both a pain point and critical piece of radiology’s role in achieving these goals. Delays in patient transport for radiology can create backlog for modalities, delay discharge, and frustrate patients.

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How to tackle the biggest challenges to imaging screening programs

by Solomon Banjo August 26, 2016

Screening programs remain one of radiology’s biggest opportunities to contribute to population health management efforts. These exams can identify diseases earlier in their progression when treatment is both more effective and less costly, facts that are consistent with the current shift to value-based payment models.

Recent years have seen an expansion in the number of imaging screening programs covered by either public or private payers, but challenges remain. This blog post examines the biggest challenges facing imaging screening exams currently reimbursed by either private or public payers, and what imaging programs can do in response.

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