Radiology CME Course Highlight: New Ways To Manage Radiation

Radiology CME Course Highlight: New Ways To Manage Radiation

Jointly presented by medical physicists and radiologists, this session focuses on current trends in radiation dose across the U.S. and methods for monitoring and tracking radiation dose. A variety of specific tools for dose mitigation will be discussed along with the challenge of balancing diagnostic quality against dose reduction across a variety of CT applications and patient types.

Radiology CME Course Spotlight: "Understanding & Maximizing CT’s Internal Value Chain"

Radiology CME Course Spotlight: "Understanding & Maximizing CT’s Internal Value Chain"

From accepting referrals to image patients to imaging, reporting, and informed decision making from CT scanning, the delivery of CT services and interpretations is a complex endeavor involving a diverse team of radiologists, technologists, and administrators. Pressured by declining reimbursements, radiology practices and departments are consistently challenged to assure that internal resources are applied as effectively and efficiently as is possible.

Reflecting On The Minnies & Congratulating Our Winners

Reflecting On The Minnies & Congratulating Our Winners

Earlier this week Aunt Minnie dropped their list of winners for the 2017 Minnie Awards. There are lots of awards out there for members of the radiology community, but what we love so much about the Minnies is that it truly recognizes the best and brightest of our industry, shines a spotlight on innovation, and speaks to what we believe the future of radiology is trending towards.

Radiology CME Course Highlight: “Cases I’d Like To Do Over”

Radiology CME Course Highlight: “Cases I’d Like To Do Over”

CME course spotlight of the week: “Cases I’d Like To Do Over”. Blending experience from all four major CT manufacturers and diverse CT exam types, four radiologist-technologist teams each present a one-hour session on cases that did not come out as desired. Analysis seeks root causes for the shortfalls, providing a structured and comprehensive assessment of the original exam request, pre-procedural communications and protocol section, patient preparation, patient characteristics at the time of the CT scan, the CT procedure and post-procedural management, image analysis, and interpretation of what went wrong and how to implement change to assure that the issue does not recur in the future.

9 Of The Best Computed Tomography Resources For CT Technologists

9 Of The Best Computed Tomography Resources For CT Technologists

If you’re a Radiology Technologist with a focus in computed tomography, life can get pretty hectic. With so much constantly changing in our indutry, it's almost impossible to keep yourself informed about new protocols, innovations in CT, technology advancements, etc. 

That being said, it’s important to stay on top of new advancements, technology and techniques so that you can be the best in your industry. Being a technologist can be a demanding job, but by regularly taking the time to brush up on your CT knowledge you are contributing to your success in your career, the improvement of your imaging center and refining the patient’s overall experience.

We understand that keeping up to date on what's happening in the industry is time consuming, and you don't always have the time to be able to do it alone. That's why we've created a list of our top 9 computed tomography resources for CT technologists, to help keep you informed and educated about what's changing in the industry!

Minnie Finalists Announced, Improvements In Radiology Gender Gap, & Attempts At Combatting Physician Burnout: 3 Things That Happened In Radiology This Week

Minnie Finalists Announced, Improvements In Radiology Gender Gap, & Attempts At Combatting Physician Burnout: 3 Things That Happened In Radiology This Week

It’s been an exciting week in radiology! The Minnie’s are gearing up, ASTRO is about to kick off, and we’re getting inundated with article after article from every possible direction. As usual, there were a ton of interesting bits of news that came out this week related to our industry, and if you’re as busy as we are then there’s a pretty big chance you missed out on seeing—much less actually reading—most of them. Some were research related, some were fun, and some were inspiring, but there were a few articles that really stood out to us, and that we feel like are important for people to read. Not only are they incredibly interesting, they also cover some issues and innovations concerning the radiology industry right now. Here are three pieces of news we wanted to highlight:

Aunt Minnie Announces & Highlights Minnie 2017 Finalists

The votes are in, and the finalists for the 2017 Minnie Awards have been officially announced! This week Aunt Minnie took some time to highlight and introduce all finalists in each respective category. Unsurprisingly, we were happy to see a familiar face among the finalists: Dr. Elliot Fishman. He's a bit of a regular when it comes to the Minnie awards, and we were excited to see him nominated in the following two categories this year: Most Effective Radiology Educator and Best Radiology Mobile App. You can read more about all the finalists here. Best of luck to Dr. Fishman, and to all the other incredible innovators in our industry who were nominated this year!

Improvements In Radiology Gender Gap: AJR Confirms Female Rads In Academics Make As Much As Male Peers

It's no secret that the gender gap is still incredibly present in 21st century America, particularly in the healthcare world. Radiology is no exception, and for decades we've been fighting an uphill battle trying to close the gap between genders and overcome disparities in both the percentage of female radiologists to male radiologists and the way that they're compensated. It's taken a while, but we're slowly getting closer. A recent study from the American Journal of Roentgenology shows that in the U.S., female academic radiologists make as much money as their male colleagues. It's a situation that's uncommon among many medical specialties, and it highlights the emphasis the radiology industry has placed on overcoming gender disparity. We've still got a long way to go towards achieving full equality, but it's a promising start. 

Combating Burnout At NYU: "Coordinator Service" Bolsters Radiologists' Efficiency

Burnout among radiologists is a huge concern, and all across the country organizations are looking for ways to address this issue. Researchers at NYU are attempting to do so by creating a new position in the radiology department, a Reading Room Coordinator. The goal of the experiment is simple: create a position whose sole responsibility revolves around taking over the majority of tasks that don't relate specifically to image interpretation, i.e. handling requests, faxing reports, triaging phone calls, etc., eliminating that additional stress and allowing the radiologists to focus on the clinical aspects of their jobs. The researchers are hopeful that the addition of this new position will mitigate high rates of burnout and improve workflow by shouldering the burden of some of those day-to-day responsibilities and giving them more time to work on the parts of the job they enjoy. It's an intriguing approach, and we look forward to seeing whether it works out! 

It’s an important time in our industry. There’s a lot of improvements being made, but there are still several very real issues that we need to work towards solving. Having an open dialogue about these topics, understanding and expressing arguments from different perspective and working together towards solutions will go a long way towards bettering our industry as a whole.

7 Benefits of ISCT’s Continued Medical Education OnDemand

7 Benefits of ISCT’s Continued Medical Education OnDemand

ISCT17 may have just ended a few months ago, but we’re already starting to get really excited about the 19thAnnual CT Symposium. Our meeting brings together the top experts in radiology from all over the world. With lectures and workshops built for radiologists/physicians, technologists, radiology residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurses and physicists; the ISCT’s three-day computed tomography symposium is something we look forward to year around.

One of our favorite things about our annual symposium is that it gives people from all over the world in our industry an invaluable opportunity to come together and learn. Not only can you brush up on your skills and knowledge while keeping up to date on the top trending innovations in CT, you can also earn educational credits towards your CME and SA-CME accreditations for being there. Awesome, right?