Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for May 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
AHRQ Communication Toolkit Can Help After Patient Harm Occurs
TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new communication toolkit created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) can help health care organizations and providers communicate with patients and families when harm occurs to patients.
HMI Impulses From Ultrasound Transducer Beneficial in STEMI
FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — High mechanical index (HMI) impulses from a diagnostic ultrasound (DUS) transducer during intravenous microbubble infusion can prevent microvascular obstruction in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to a study published in the May 31 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Remaining Uninsured May Be Difficult to Reach Via ACA
FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Uninsurance rates have decreased since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but reaching the remaining uninsured may prove challenging, according to a health policy brief published online May 23 in Health Affairs.
Paper Outlines Image-Guided Radiation Recommendations
THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The Faculty of Radiation Oncology in Australia and New Zealand has issued recommendations for the use of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). The position paper was published online April 27 in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.
U/S + MR Arthrography Best for Medial Elbow Pain Assessment
WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For medial elbow pain, the combination of stress ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography is associated with improved specificity, sensitivity, and diagnostic accuracy compared with either modality alone, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Similar Costs for CTA, Functional Diagnostic Testing in CAD
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) enrolled in the Prospective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain (PROMISE), costs are similar for initial use of at least 64-slice multidetector computed tomographic angiography (CTA) versus functional diagnostic testing strategies, according to research published online May 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Many Advanced Cancer Patients Lack Info About Their Disease
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many patients with advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, according to a study published online May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Moderate Link for Automated, Clinical Breast Density Measures
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There is moderate correlation for automated and clinical assessments of breast density, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Nonexperts Can Be Trained to Interpret RHD Echocardiograms
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A short computer-based course can train nonexperts in interpretation of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening echocardiograms, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
Improved Outcomes With Fast Reperfusion in Acute Stroke
FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Among patients with acute stroke treated with stent retrievers, fast reperfusion leads to improved functional outcome, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Strategies Can Help Streamline Revenue-Related Processes
THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Strategies can be employed to maximize the amount of time available for patient care by streamlining revenue-related processes, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).
Unrealistic Expectations for Many Men With Localized Prostate CA
THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Men with localized prostate cancer (LPC) often have unrealistic survival expectations, according to a study published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Burnout, Lack of Job Satisfaction Driving Doctors to Cut Hours
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Full-time physicians reporting worsening burnout or decreased job satisfaction are more likely to reduce their work hours, according to a study published in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Age-Adjusted D-Dimer Testing Improves Ability to Rule Out PE
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Compared with fixed D-dimer testing, age-adjusted D-dimer testing is associated with an increase in the proportion of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) in whom imaging can be withheld, according to a review published online May 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Sexual Harassment Experienced by One-Third of Female Doctors
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Thirty percent of female physicians face sexual harassment on the job, while close to three-quarters perceive gender bias at work and two-thirds say they have actually experienced it, according to survey findings published in the May 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CAM Use May Affect Breast Cancer Patients’ Chemo Decisions
FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women with early-stage breast cancer who utilize complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may delay recommended chemotherapy, according to research published online May 12 in JAMA Oncology.
Cardiovascular MRI Stronger Predictor of MACE Than SPECT
FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a stronger predictor of risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) than single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), according to a study published online May 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Pop-Up Messages Up Physician Awareness of Osteoporosis
THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The introduction of pop-up messages relating to a history of dual-energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DXA) in an order communication system can increase the rates of DXA prescription, as well as the rates of osteoporosis medication and exercise, according to a study published online May 6 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
Cutting Brand-Name Drug Use Could Save U.S. $73 Billion
TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Americans could save tens of billions of dollars with more efficient drug use, replacing brand-name drugs with their generic equivalents whenever possible, according to a study published online May 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
CDC Establishes New ‘Clean Hands Count’ Campaign
MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has introduced a new campaign, “Clean Hands Count,” to encourage health care professionals, patients, and patients’ families to keep their hands clean in order to prevent health care-associated infections.
Substantial Aggregate Costs of Care for Cervical Cancer
FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The costs of care for cervical cancer vary by phase of care, and aggregate costs are substantial, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
CT-Gross Tumor Volume Predicts Outcome in Larynx Preservation
THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For patients undergoing larynx preservation, pretreatment computed tomography-gross tumor volume (CT-GTV) is predicative of an increase in time with tracheostomy and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), according to a study published online April 30 in Head & Neck.
Physician Leadership Training May Help Counteract Burnout
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Physician leaders with good leadership qualities are more likely to have employees who are satisfied and do not show signs of burnout, according to a study published in the April issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and a report published by the American Medical Association.
Price Transparency Tool Doesn’t Cut Health Care Spending
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Employee use of a price transparency tool does not cut health care spending, according to a study published in the May 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Additional Treatments Offer Little Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Additional treatments for locally advanced pancreatic cancer don’t appear to improve survival, according to a study published in the May 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Report: Why Health Care Costs Are Lower in Europe Than U.S.
TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — European residents have access to the same health care services as U.S. residents but pay much less, and this is related to several specific factors, according to a report published by INDIGOMED on April 25.
2017 May Offer Fewer Choices for Affordable Care Act Enrollees
MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — With the nation’s largest health insurer exiting all but a few Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, some Americans may be left with fewer choices and some might see higher monthly premiums.
Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Can Present As Subungual Mass
MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In a case report published online April 23 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, a subungual aneurysmal bone cyst is described in a 39-year-old male patient.
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