Tag: medical imaging

Imaging Pediatric Patients: What Are Best Practices?

imaging pediatric patients

Radiologic technologists should be aware that children are not merely small adults and that imaging pediatric patients requires certain special techniques. In fact, children have been the subject of many landmark events in medical ethics. Children undergoing radiographic imaging require special consideration not only because of their small size but also because they are more sensitive than adults to the adverse effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, children have a longer remaining lifespan during which the effects of radiation exposure can manifest. Therefore, adherence to the ALARA philosophy is critical during pediatric digital imaging.

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OPTO-ACOUSTIC BREAST IMAGING

Schematic representation of opto-acoustic breast imaging

Opto acoustic breast imaging is a new generation diagnostic tool currently in the clinical trial stage for diagnosis of malignant or benign breast lumps. According to a European journal of breast cancer around 4 million new cases of breast cancer are detected every year with almost 80 percent of them turning out to be benign on laboratory testing. It is difficult for radiologists to rule out malignancy at the imaging stage. The cost of conducting surgical or core needle biopsy for every suspicious lump outweighs the results especially in women coming from struggling economies. A low cost diagnostic tool such as opto acoustic imaging can help in the timely detection of breast cancer in the early stages and also help prevent and control the increasing mortality due to this disease in developing as well as developed countries.

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TJC Diagnostic Imaging Standards Revision 2014

The Joint Commission Seal

By: CE4RT

 

In early 2014, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced changes to its standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory health care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services. TJC has stated changes will be effective some time in 2015 with additional requirements to be phased in by 2015. The standards changes announced by TJC, however, in most cases will not require any change in action by imaging centers, since most of the requirements are already being followed by imaging centers and radiology departments.

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Nuclear Medicine CQR and Structured Education

Female X-ray technician

By: CE4RT


To ensure quality healthcare, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has implemented a system of periodic evaluation consisting of Structured Education and Continuing Qualification Requirements (CQR). Radiologic Technologists certified before January 1, 2011, are not affected by these new requirements. Technologists who were certificate on or after 1/1/2011 receive a time-limited 10-year license. Once the 10 years are up, certification can be renewed for another 10 years by completing the CQR process. In addition, compliance with the ARRT rules and regulations includes an annual renewal process and biennial continuing education requirements. R.T.s in Nuclear Medicine require specific CE credits related to their certification. The ARRT calls this structured education.

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