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  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the biggest thing on the horizon for diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology. It could change the way cancer is detected, diagnosed, and treated. It may even restructure how insurers reimburse treatment centers. But before we tackle...
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The use and benefits of MR-specific skin markers in orthopedic MRI are well known but we often receive questions with regard to their use in breast MRI. Technologists and radiologists often ask about the situations where a skin marker is helpful as well as...
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The quest for higher patient satisfaction scores seems to be the holy grail of healthcare these days. Or is it more a catch 22?  Enacted in 2012, the Affordable Care Act implemented a policy that withholds a certain percentage of Medicare reimbursement to providers and...
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In mammography, skin tears happen. Some are avoidable, while others are not. If a patient pulls away from the receptor plate too fast after the compression paddle has been released, the breast can stick to the plate and a tear can occur before the technologist can say,...
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Happy customers often turn into repeat customers. More importantly, they tell their friends about their positive experience. This is true for any business, including medical imaging. James Lipcamon, imaging services manager for East Cooper Medical Center in Charleston...
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Patients who miss radiation treatment appointments are at a greater risk of recurrence than those who don’t. The authors of the study Radiotherapy Noncompliance and Clinical Outcomes in an Urban Academic Cancer Center (published by Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer...
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Friday morning, 8:00 am, my first patient arrives. A 61 year old woman with a personal history of breast cancer and a mother with postmenopausal breast cancer presents for her annual mammogram.  The routine images are obtained and the patient quietly waits in the ...
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There has been much debate in the last few years regarding the use of positive oral contrast for patients with acute abdominal pain in the ED setting. Typically, radiologists want oral contrast as it helps with the speed and accuracy of their diagnosis. The ED physician...
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Mammography technologists are the eyes and ears of the radiologist; which makes them critically important in the breast imaging process.  Aside from the performance of high quality imaging, the most important service that a technologist can provide for their patient is...