Radiology Life… Humor that will brighten your day!

As a technologist when I hear “great shot” or “beautiful sunrise” I do not necessarily think about basketball or the sun coming up in the morning. We were having a conversation in our office a few days ago about kids saying the darnedest things and which quickly turned into “things you only hear in a radiology department”. Think about it, where else can you hear, … Continue reading Radiology Life… Humor that will brighten your day!

In Case You Missed It – Top Blogs of 2019

AHEC blogs experienced 25% growth in readership in 2019 with 14,439 blog views and 10,413 unique visitors from 51 different countries.   Our blogs have been quoted in industry news and on various professional society community boards.  So, we wanted to share what blogs garnered the most interest in 2019. The Joint Commission Deletes Fluoroscopy User Training Requirement Doctors File Lawsuits Against Hospital for Failure to … Continue reading In Case You Missed It – Top Blogs of 2019

Surgery In the Dirt

In Iraq in 2007 five hundred pounds of explosives detonated beneath Combat Medic Greg Dotson’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle. His unit soldiers, trained by Greg, pulled him and his medic bag from the wreck and began work. While a furious firefight was going on around them, they applied tourniquets high on his shredded legs, slid a breathing tube down his nose and throat and got a … Continue reading Surgery In the Dirt

Welcome to RSNA 2019: See Possibilities – Together

Last week was busy and cold as AHEC representatives joined thousands of attendees from around the world in Chicago at RSNA-the 105th Scientific Assembly and annual meeting.  As usual it was a challenge to get up from our Thanksgiving dinners and board a plane to Chicago but as so many people have done before, we soldiered on!  This year was filled with new information about … Continue reading Welcome to RSNA 2019: See Possibilities – Together

Should We Abandon Routine TB Testing for Healthcare Workers?

It’s been a requirement for all my career. Is it still necessary? A new report has revealed that tuberculosis (TB) has become so rare among healthcare workers that it is not worth the time and expense to do routine testing.  The report was published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. We are performing tens of millions of TB … Continue reading Should We Abandon Routine TB Testing for Healthcare Workers?

Doctors File Lawsuits Against Hospital for Failure to Provide Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety

In what may be the first lawsuits of their kind, 3 surgeons have filed lawsuits alleging a hospital’s radiation safety practices were inadequate and that radiation exposure caused their cancers.  The first of the lawsuits will take place early in 2020. The lawsuits do not accuse manufacturers of the imaging equipment or protective gear of wrongdoing. It was how the equipment was being used and … Continue reading Doctors File Lawsuits Against Hospital for Failure to Provide Fluoroscopic Radiation Safety

How Prepared Are You for an Active Shooter at Work?

If an Active Shooter Situation can happen in Midland-0dessa, TX, it can happen anywhere!   Midland and Odessa are connected cities and the recent site of random, senseless shooting deaths and injuries by one perpetrator.  The two cities have a population total of 326,730 and approximately 959 hospital beds.  These cities are much like most of America. The nearest level 1 trauma center is 117 miles … Continue reading How Prepared Are You for an Active Shooter at Work?

Bracing for Medicare’s Appropriate Imaging Rule

Acronyms to know: PAMA   Protecting Access to Medicare Act CDSM   Clinical Decision Support Mechanism AUC      Appropriate Use Criteria ACR      American College of Radiology CMS     Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services PAMA is a CMS clinical decision software that processes every CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET order performed.  PAMA assigns criteria for appropriateness for these procedures based on its decision support algorithm.  The analysis will … Continue reading Bracing for Medicare’s Appropriate Imaging Rule

Are You Fluent in Swearing?

Do you think swearing isn’t big or clever?  Think again. A study done by psychologists at Marist College has concluded that the use of swear words is a sign of a better vocabulary.  Being a person that was taught how to swear when I first went to clinical assignments, I am highly interested in this subject.  If someone has accused you of sounding less intelligent … Continue reading Are You Fluent in Swearing?

Robocalls in Healthcare

What happens when you receive over 4,000 automated calls in less than 2 hours? April 30, 2018,9:30am-11:30am, it happened at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA Recently, automated phone calls have been increasing in volume for not only the everyday person, but for businesses and they are not showing any signs of slowing down. Who would have ever thought robots would be causing havoc in … Continue reading Robocalls in Healthcare