MRI Helps Predict the Future

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September 2014

Brain imaging can be used to predict future cognitive abilities, meaning that developmental brain disorders could be detected in childhood, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience.
The study examined 62 children between the ages of 6 and 20 who under went a series of cognitive tests, including measures of working memory. As the children completed the tests, researchers performed MRI scans. The results were used to predict the children’s future working memory. Two years later, the participants completed the same tests while undergoing an MRI. Researchers found that MRIs could predict to a degree the speed of cognitive development in the two years between the tests — future memory capacity and memory could be inferred from the first test by looking at how much activity went on in areas such as the thalamus. “Until now, neuroimaging has just given us pictures of behavior we already knew about,” said Torkel Klingberg, MD, PhD, one of the researchers. “Now this is telling us we can use the MR scanner for something novel.” 

Final Read

Seth M. Hardy, MD

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Q: What does being an ACR member mean to you?

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Identifying the 'Imaging Gap' in Global Health

How can radiologists provide access to care for all patients?

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October 2014

Radiology has the potential to contribute an important component to evidence-based medicine in United States (US). It is intriguing to know the way medicine is practiced in other parts of the world, especially in resource-restrained countries. Do they rely more on radiographs and ultrasound, or do they depend mostly on the disease endemicity, medical history and physical examination? Empirical literature is available on health care gap across the world, but the literature is severely limited when it comes to imaging resources, their availability and utilization. This raises the need to identify this gap in radiology healthcare and literature to help us build a strong foundation on which we can judiciously and effectively allocate resources for global health.

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Happy 4th to You Too, CMS

The recently released proposed rules contain both good news and bad news for radiologists

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When I saw the tweet from @CMSGov on July 4, I couldn’t resist an eye roll.“Happy #July4th!” it said.

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The Root of the Matter

When adverse events occur, institutions turn to root cause analysis to pinpoint weak areas and improve patient care

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Two patients with the same last name were on the same floor of a major hospital in Houston, Texas, both scheduled for procedures on the same day. Attendants wheeled the patients to their respective procedure areas in the hospital.

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Claim Denials

Practices must identify reasons for non-payment and find ways to capture revenue.

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Claim denials can be a major source of frustration for physicians and their practice managers and can have a real impact on cash flow and the financial performance of a practice.

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Ancient Cancer Patient Discovered.

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September 2014
Cancer is relatively absent from archaeological records compared to other diseases, leading many to believe that it is mainly attributable to modern lifestyles. But a new study suggests otherwise.

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The Network Effect

A practice in Chambersburg forges a connection with health care stakeholders through education.

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April 2015

Did you know that Confederate soldiers headed to fight in the Battle of Gettysburg camped out the night before in a town called Chambersburg, Pennsylvania? Neither did I before traveling there. A small town of around 20,000 residents, Chambersburg is located in the Cumberland Valley beside the Appalachian Mountains. Tucked into this valley is an eight-person radiology practice called Chambersburg Imaging Associates (CIA). After hearing great things about CIA’s “Radiology Education/Interactive Team,” I took a trip up Route 81 to learn more about their approach.

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Putting Together the Pieces

Radiologists sometimes hold the key to diagnosing inter-partner violence, but are they watching for the signs?

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Do a search in PubMed for “domestic violence,” and you will discover over 40,000 results. Add “radiology,” and the numbers drop to 836. Now eliminate the articles dealing with child and elder abuse from that search —meaning you are searching only for information on inter-partner violence — and the numbers go down to just 19.

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The Metamorphosis of a Practice

As the health care industry moves toward value and away from volume, some facilities are finding both challenges and opportunities as they turn to a more service-oriented business model.

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It is a conundrum most radiologists face at some point in their careers: how to stay true to the needs of their patients while consistently meeting business goals for their practices.

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Crystal Clear!

RADPAC's crystal anniversary marks 15 years of political engagement.

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RADPAC, the American College of Radiology Association (ACRA) bipartisan political action committee (PAC), is celebrating its crystal anniversary this year.

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Model Practice

Radiologists take on the evolving health care paradigm with inspiration from the corporate world.

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Professionals in business and medicine make difficult decisions on a daily basis, prioritizing the customer’s (or patient’s) needs through exceptional service. So it’s no surprise that radiologists are seeking advice from successful entrepreneurs.

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The Benefits of Having Friends

The State Government Relations Committee focuses on building connections and creating solutions.The Benefit of Having Friends

Christopher G. Ullrich, MD, FACR, discusses making a difference, challenging misconceptions, and keeping up the good work as his four-year term as chair of the State Government Relations Committee comes to an end.

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What I Wish I’d Known

Radiologists from around the specialty share their best advice for a younger version of themselves.

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No matter where you are in your career, chances are someone else has already been there. This month, the Bulletin brings together radiologists from throughout the specialty to give advice to their younger selves about what they wish they’d known earlier in their practices.

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Challenges and Lessons Learned

Takeaways from Tanzania and Malawi

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This year, I had the opportunity to travel to two African nations, Malawi and Tanzania. While in Zomba Malawi this past November, Dignitas International, and staff working at the Zomba Central Hospital kindly welcomed me to their facilities where I was invited to lecture on cervical cancer and participate in clinic.

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