While radiology residents score higher when it comes to understanding radiation safety, residents across all specialties still demonstrate a limited amount of radiation safety knowledge, according to a study out of the Emory University School of Medicine.
Over the last several years, radiation dose and patient safety have been of particular concern among healthcare providers, particularly with the publication of studies showing that patients were exposed to enough radiation to potentially lead to tens of thousands of future cancer cases.
It's reassuring, then, that the issue is receiving some attention from policy makers and regulators. For example, the Joint Commission, in December, announced changes in its standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory healthcare organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services. Many of the areas addressed in the new and revised standards relate to radiation exposure and patient safety, including annual performance evaluations of imaging equipment by medical physicists, documenting CT radiation dose in patients' clinical records, and collection of data on incidents where pre-identified radiation dose limits have been exceeded.
Still, some concerns continue to linger. Read more...
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The effect that the implementation of the 2012 Medicare accreditation requirement for suppliers of CT, MRI and nuclear medicine services has had on the decline in imaging growth is unclear, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office.
The use of PET scans can help distinguish between patients that are in vegetative states and those that have some degree of consciousness and have the potential to improve, according to new research published online in The Lancet.
Active surveillance of low-risk prostate cancer becomes ineffective when patients don't return for follow up exams, according to a study presented last week at the European Association of Urology's annual congress.
Last year, the Swiss Medical Board was mandated by Swiss health authorities to prepare a review of mammography screening, and based on its findings has recommended that no new systematic screening programs be introduced. What's more, it said, a time limit must be placed on existing programs.
A former hospital technician in Georgia has been sentenced to up to six months in prison for falsely entering negative results for mammograms.
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Only one-third of veterans are taking advantage of "Blue Button" capabilities to access the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' personal health record portal, My HealtheVet, but those who do so are pleased with it, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Informatics Association.
The House Appropriations Committee has opted to withhold most of the funds requested by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to upgrade its electronic health record system until the VA and the Department of Defense make progress on a joint EHR.