March JACR® Highlights

What should I read this month?


The March 2016 issue of the JACR® covers big data, structured reporting for physicists, and more. Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.

The safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents has received attention lately secondary to multiple studies reporting gadolinium deposition in brains of individuals who have undergone multiple MR exams with gadolinium-based contrast agents. In this article, Malayeri and colleagues review the current literature and discussion potential risk in using gadolinium-based contrast agents. Current literature confirms that signal changes are noted in the brains of individuals who have undergone multiple gadolinium-enhanced MR examinations. Evidence also suggests linear gadolinium-based contrast agents are more likely to result in gadolinium deposition than marcocyclic agents. The long-term health impact of gadolinium-based contrast agents remains unknown, however.

Is there a better way to prioritize exams on a worklist compared to the traditional STAT, ASAP, or routine priority categories? McWey and colleagues discuss a four-point numerical order-priority scoring system with clear, concise clinical definitions for each category. A paper compared the new priority system to preimplementation data. The authors conclude, “Order-priority categories that are numeric and accompanied by clinical definitions at order entry can lead to faster and more-consistent performance times for imaging examinations with higher-priority designations.”

Can Facebook be used an effective tool in radiology education? Lugo-Fagundo and colleagues report their experiences using a Facebook page to share education information from the education website

By Colin Segovis, MD, PhD (@colinsegovis), RFS secretary and resident at Wake Forest University


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