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July 2010
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“The last thing any gynecologist or family practitioner who refers you a UFE patient wants is to get the call after the procedure about some issue the patient is having related to a procedure that they didn’t perform. That’s the quickest way to kill your referral network and to make sure that doctor will never refer to you again. You have to take care of the patient before and after the procedure.”

— John H. Fischer, II, MD

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Editor’s E-Note

What is the biggest challenge facing your facility this year? Radiology Today asked imaging directors this question, and we’re sharing some answers here, with more to come in next month’s print issue. Not surprisingly, reimbursement cuts, maintaining exam volume in a competitive market, and obtaining preauthorization for imaging exams were cited most often by radiology directors as the biggest challenge they’re facing in 2010.

— Jim Knaub, editor

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Challenges Facing Radiology Directors
By Jim Knaub

The inbox filled up pretty quickly when we asked imaging directors to tell us what challenges they’re facing this year. While the usual suspects—reimbursement cuts and competition—were the most common challenges cited, imaging directors told us they’re seeing a range of issues in 2010. Radiology Today readers tell us that reduced reimbursement coupled with increased competition and some softening demand because of the economy are making their jobs more difficult.

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Currently in Radiology Today

Building a UFE Practice — IRs Establish Successful Collaboration With Gynecologists
Several interventional radiologists discuss how collaboration with gynecologists has helped improve both their practices and patient care. While interventionalists see that the procedure helps their patients, two clinical studies report that vertebroplasty is no more effective than a sham procedure. What happens when research data and doctors’ clinical experiences collide? Read more »

Reducing and Tracking Dose
Cutting radiation exposure per scan is only part of the safety equation. Recording, reporting, tracking dose, and building cumulative exposure information into medical records is the ultimate objective. The work toward that goal is just starting. Read more »

Technology Update: PET
For a nuclear medicine imaging modality as sophisticated at PET and PET/CT, new products and enhancements to existing systems come from customer feedback on everything from functionality to image quality and the need for cost-effective imaging solutions. Read more »

Contrasting Approach
ABVALAR is the first FDA-approved blood-pool MRA contrast agent that offers additional time for imaging and possibly some new applications.
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Other Imaging News

ACR Updates Appropriateness Criteria
The new version includes updates and five new topics. This article on the ACR’s website offers more information.

Researchers Say Lack of Training Leads to Echo Misreads
Misread echocardiograms are frequently linked to a lack of training among cardiologists, wasting money and subjecting patients to unneeded procedures, according research presented at the American Society of Echocardiography meeting.

CIOs Doubtful About Meeting Meaningful Use Deadlines
Some hospital CIOs are skeptical about their organizations’ ability to meet new EHR meaningful use criteria, according to this blog entry in the Wall Street Journal.

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