The Elephant in the Room: Race and Discrimination Thoughts on Implicit Bias

As the country and the population becomes more diverse, society in general has become more stratified and many of communities have become marginalized.  The healthcare industry isn’t immune to the effects of this stratification and marginalization.  I live in a city where implicit bias is built into the healthcare system and you probably do too. Implicit bias occurs when your brain automatically processes information that … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: Race and Discrimination Thoughts on Implicit Bias

A 2019 Perspective on Mammographers and Accreditation

As a Vice President at Advanced Health Education Center, one area under my charge is helping mammography facilities fulfill the requirements assigned by accreditation bodies after a negative film check validation report or failure.  As a woman with personal experience in mammograms with spot films, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound, I understand the experience from the patient perspective. If you take a look at … Continue reading A 2019 Perspective on Mammographers and Accreditation

Ideas and Comments About New Virtual Grids

Ideas and Comments About New Virtual Grids From someone who knows With CR and DR, one of the biggest reasons for image artifacts comes from grids and improper alignment and grid cut-off. Essentially, the manufacturers of DR products want the grids out of the exposure process to lessen the artifacts issues. This problem is even more pronounced as techniques continue to drop with faster RS … Continue reading Ideas and Comments About New Virtual Grids

From Millennials to Baby Boomers: How to create the most productive team with 4 generations

She brought her mom to the interview??  Picture this, mommy dearest sits patiently in the waiting room while her daughter is being interviewed for her first ever “adult job”.  Or better yet, mom calls the HR Manager to discuss their son or daughter’s salary, relocation packages and scholarship programs.  WHAAAATTTTTT, these things really happen?  Based on our research (a quick internet search) and YES these … Continue reading From Millennials to Baby Boomers: How to create the most productive team with 4 generations

Obesity Increase Risks for Cancer from Higher Radiation Exposure

New research shows that obese patients require higher radiation exposure during radiology exams leading to cancer risks associated with radiation exposure. A new study from England’s University of Exeter and Musgrove Park Hospital this month highlights Radiology’s conundrum of the obese patient. The practical and social difficulties associated with medical imaging of obese patients are increasingly common problems.  It is no surprise to radiology personnel … Continue reading Obesity Increase Risks for Cancer from Higher Radiation Exposure

What do the Texas regulations require for Fluoroscopic Spacers?

Below is the regulation for the State of Texas. Basically, it says that you can remove the spacer cone for specific surgical applications that would be otherwise prohibited at the SSDs specified by the regulation. If you do remove it, then you must have written operating and safety procedures that provide precautionary measures to be adhered to during the use of the shorter SSD, in … Continue reading What do the Texas regulations require for Fluoroscopic Spacers?

Radiology Conundrum: Removing the Fluoro Spacer

Recently, the online radiology communities have been debating the problems of removing the fluoroscopy spacer meant to keep the distance of the X-ray source consistent on each patient and each procedure. Many surgeons are asking for removal of the spacers to facilitate the surgical field.  We asked our radiation safety expert, Louis Wagner, Ph.D., DABR, FACR, FAAPM. Question for Dr. Wagner:What are the practical consequences … Continue reading Radiology Conundrum: Removing the Fluoro Spacer

AHEC 2019 Survey: RT Experience with TMB

AHEC started the New Year exploring the rumors from Texas Rad Techs concerning their experiences with the Texas Medical Board (TMB). AHEC’s CEO asked the AHEC marketing group to investigate and was particularly concerned as she holds License #1 and continues to act in concert with TMB.  We surveyed our Texas constituents and have the following to report. Our survey respondents were almost evenly distributed … Continue reading AHEC 2019 Survey: RT Experience with TMB

It’s here, January 1, 2019!

As of 1/1/19 all personnel utilizing and/or supervising fluoroscopy imaging equipment must have initial training in radiation safety and annual training thereafter.  A response from TJC about the requirements that staff will be expected to meet follows: “The education requirement focuses on content that would address dose management and the operation of the types of fluoroscopy equipment, specifically make and model, physicians and staff will … Continue reading It’s here, January 1, 2019!

Did you know? Healthcare is the most violent industry outside of law enforcement in the US.

Is a hospital not a symbol of security, care, and compassion?  Why then is violence towards healthcare workers in hospitals a widespread phenomenon?  Violence in healthcare settings seems counter-intuitive to the socially held expectations regarding hospitals and their mission to provide care and comfort to those in need.  However, it seems the general public fails to realize violence in the healthcare settings mirrors society in … Continue reading Did you know? Healthcare is the most violent industry outside of law enforcement in the US.