Eric Postal, MD, is a diagnostic radiologist with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Teleradiology Minus the Rads?
Will AI-powered diagnostic workups without on-site docs be a new reality in 2024?
Reassessing Recommendations in Radiology Reports
Is there a happy medium with “recommendations” for referring clinicians?
Questioning the Burgeoning Boilerplate in Radiology
Excess verbiage, at the behest of non-clinical interlopers, continues to pervade radiology reports.
Are You Hungry, Radiologist?
Can a return to a per-click reimbursement model reignite one’s drive?
(Never Say) Never Events in Radiology
Is it time to reassess what constitutes a never event?
Are There Alternatives to Addenda Sabotaging Productivity in Radiology?
The ability to consider and comment on prior imaging in the radiology report may help reduce extraneous addenda requests.
Perspectives on Preliminary Interpretations, Radiology Reports and Quality Assurance
Could adjustments to quality assurance review facilitate improved teamwork between radiologists and referring clinicians?
Radiologist, Image Thyself?
Is there a certain hypochondriasis that may lead some radiologists to pursue their own imaging, and would it change how aggressively they follow up incidentalomas on their own scans?
Recognizing the Connection Between Simplicity and Compliance in Radiology
The success of compliance initiatives is often preceded by an easily understood rationale and simply stated benefits.
Keys to Defusing Misperceptions About a Radiology CV of Great Lineage
While some may see a job applicant with multiple past employers as a job hopper, others may see an opportunity to hire a radiologist with diverse work experience.
CAD Versus AI: Let Me Know When the Alphabet Soup Matters in Radiology
Is the continued rise of artificial intelligence (AI) driven by legitimate “machine learning,” or do the frequently “suspicious” chest X-rays and questionable detection of subtle findings on head CTs reveal a hype-driven train of new products with an ultimately “planned obsolescence”?
Current Perspectives on Regular Irregular Work Schedules in Radiology
What constitutes an optimal work schedule in radiology?
Big and Small Retirements in Radiology
While this author has no intention of retiring from radiology, he notes that retiring from certain work schedules or aspects of the field have had a favorable impact on his life.
The Double-Edged Sword of Being Dr. Obvious in Radiology
While there may be awkwardness and a degree of embarrassment in noting obvious findings to referring clinicians in radiology, consistent communication of those findings is essential.
Self-QA in Radiology: My Harshest Critic and My Number One Fan
How strong is your own quality assurance (QA) barometer for interpreting CT, MRI, and ultrasound images?
The Illusion of Goodwill: A Non-Radiological Artifact
I’ve long since learned that good faith is far more reliable than, say, contracts.
Recognizing the Frequent Offenders of Bad Imaging in Radiology
When facilities routinely forward X-rays for “pain,” vascular ultrasound studies without Doppler or chest computed tomography (CT) scans devoid of breath holding, patient care suffers.
A Radiologist is a Physician
When you are asked for an informal medical opinion, one’s intellectual curiosity and desire to help others never fade away.
Prior Studies in Teleradiology: the Unavailable, the Invisible and the Unknown-Unknown
Does access to prior imaging results have to be mission impossible for teleradiologists?
The Case of the Mystery MRI
What do you do with a CD of imaging that has no information on the doc requesting the radiologist read?
A Closer Look at the Factors that Shorten Our Time to Burnout Fuse in Radiology
Addressing ancillary repetitious inhibitors to radiology workflow could go a long way to mitigating burnout risk.
Another Perspective on NPPs in Radiology
The notion of non-physician practitioners (NPPs) attempting to do radiologist-level work is a very slippery slope and what this author refers to as the “bargaining” stage of grief.
Is Extraneous Imaging the New Normal In Trauma Radiology?
Superfluous pan scans have become standard for a vast majority of minor injury presentations in emergency room settings.
The Radiologist and the Multitude
While it stands to reason that referring physicians would prefer a condensed summary of relevant imaging findings, vagaries with insurers, patients and other possible readers of the radiology report may warrant an inefficient minutiae-cluttered approach.
When Radiologists are Held Captive by Unreachable Referring Clinicians
There are cases that warrant verbal communication with referring clinicians, but making that communication happen can, at times, be a challenging responsibility.
Making No Apologies for Being a Lifestyle Radiologist
While some may equate extra work hours as honorable self-sacrifice or dedication to patients, striving for an optimal balance of life and work is an individual choice that shouldn’t be criticized.
Forgetting More Radiology Than You Will Ever Know
When reviewing radiographs, computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, do you still turn to mnemonics every now and then to jog your short-term memory?
The Path of Least Resistance: Make it a Road Less Traveled in Radiology
Whether it’s attempting to get appropriate clinical histories from referring physicians or getting a tech to split up a multiphasic contrast study into separate image series, consistently striving to fight the good fight for optimal image interpretation is worth the effort.
Are You Prone to Superstitions in Radiology?
Whether it’s the proverbial “bad penny” case that crashes PACS or the perception that positive computed tomography angiography (CTA) exams for pulmonary arterial clots come in sets of three, suspicions can emerge here and there in radiology.
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: When It's Time to Move on to the Next Radiology Job
This author emphasizes that diplomacy is always the best policy when leaving one radiology employer for another.
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