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Patient Access to Imaging Results

A Matter of Rights, or Wrong?

Should patients be able to access their imaging reports through the internet?  More and more commonly, health care systems are allowing their patients to get their X-ray, CT, MRI or other diagnostic imaging results through secure portals – in some cases before the referring physician has even had a chance to review them. What is the…

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Office Ergonomics for Teleradiologists

Working from Home in Comfort

Ergonomics is the study of people’s interaction with their environment and provides principles and theories for proper design of the workplace.  Ergonomics is a concept that has been around for quite some time, but it is often something that we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about as we go about our workday.  If…

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Radiology in 2012: New Year, Old Challenges

The more things change, the more they stay the same…an old saying that seems appropriate as we head into 2012. Last year radiology faced dramatic challenges coping with reimbursement reductions. This year we are again facing reductions from CMS, surely followed by other payers. Last year we faced the looming question of how should radiology…

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Caught in the Crossfire: Mammography and Women’s Health

Over the past several years, the rate at which articles describing, almost alternately, the benefits and risks of screening mammography, seems to have significantly increased. Some of the articles have shed more light on this valuable examination, better defining its role in a women’s health regimen. Others have only further muddied the waters surrounding the…

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The Truth about Teleradiology

Today I would like to respond to a lecture presented at the recent Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. The lecture was entitled, “Outsourcing Emergency Radiology to Teleradiology Companies: The Debate Goes On.”  The presentation offered incorrect, unsupported statements about teleradiology and was based on a few anecdotal stories. I feel these…

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Teleradiology Improves Patient Care

Teleradiology plays an important role in improving the standard of care for patients who have the unfortunate circumstance of having their illness present at times when physicians, nurses and hospitals are not always at their best and/or most fully staffed. It has long been known that the standard of care maintained by a hospital at…

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The sum of its parts – Segment 2

Yesterday I provided an overview of the metamorphosis of diagnostic imaging over the past 20 years and described the four main components of a modern radiology practice. Today, we take a look at how the integrated, synergistic approach to diagnostic imaging is greater than the sum of its parts. We are talking about synergy. The health…

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The sum of its parts…

My discussion for this entry is in two segments.  In the first segment I will discuss changes in radiology and the separate components of modern radiology practices that need to be integrated to create a more healthy practice, department and hospital.  In the second segment I will discuss the 6 specific enhancements that can be…

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Moving Past Bargaining in Radiology QA Reviews

I dabble in many roles at vRad including study interpretation, client services, site visits, CME presentations, and quality assurance (QA) review. It is this last that I have chosen as the topic for my first blog. I, as all vRad radiologists, have felt the painful sting of a QA submission on more than one occasion and know…

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