4 radiology safety efforts for reducing risk, improving quality


February 22, 2013 | By 

Improving the quality and safety of patient care has always been a primary concern for imaging professionals, and they often are on the lookout for technical innovations and other solutions that can help them reach that goal.

For instance, doctors at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia recently looked into how clinical decision support tools could help them to reduce unnecessary patient scans. Research presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine last May found that use of such technology led to a near 10 percent decrease in the number of CT scans performed, according to Angela Mills, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the university's hospital.

"When the emergency department is very busy and you are multi-tasking and taking care of lots of patients, sometimes it's easy to order imaging or testing," Mills told FierceMedicalImaging for this special report. "I think that's a by-product of having such technology available 24/7."

In this special report, you'll hear more about the efforts at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as about radiology safety efforts by providers at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of California, San Diego.