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Specialized Social Networks Connect Radiology Community

Published on the Oct. 6, 2011, DiagnosticImaging.com website

By Whitney L.J. Howell

Social networking in healthcare isn’t new, but there is a growing trend to create groups focused on particular specialty areas. And radiology is in the middle of it all.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) recently launched ASRT Communities, a social networking site specifically for radiologic technologists who want to connect professionally and share experiences. The network offers 19 communities devoted to individual modalities, and each gives medical imaging professionals, radiation therapists, and radiology students information about radiologic disciplines.

Members can post questions, start conversations, or share ideas on what the association calls its “one-stop-knowledge-shop,” said Liana Watson, ASRT’s chief governance officer.

“The goal is to give ASRT members a place where they can come together and talk with someone who does the exact thing they do,” Watson said. “CT techs can talk with CT techs. MRI techs talk with MRI techs. It’s a one-stop shop where they can get information relevant to what they do every day.”

Participants choose one community to be a home page, but they can contribute to all 19 groups, Watson said. In addition to comparing opinions about cases, ASRT Communities provides access to news affecting the radiologic technology profession and links to certification and accreditation sites.

Nearly 30 percent of physicians connect professionally through online physician networks, according to a survey from QuantiaMD, the largest mobile and online physician community. Specialized social networks hold great potential for enhancing professional development and performance, said Garry Choy, MD, a Massachusetts General Hospital radiologist.

To read the article in its entirety: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/practice-management/content/article/113619/1965360


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Isotope Shortage Less Severe

Published on May 5, 2011, on DiagnosticImaging.com

By Whitney L.J. Howell

The two-year medical isotope shortage plaguing nuclear medicine is over. The five reactors providing two essential isotopes are fully functional, but industry leaders hope the flush supply won’t tempt you to abandon conservation efforts to return to business as usual.

Technetium-99m and molybdenum-99 are readily available after a spate of scheduled reactor maintenance and forced shutdowns. The specter of future shortages hangs in the air, however, because the United States has no domestic isotope supplier, current reactors are old, and new ones aren’t expected until 2015.

“No one is complaining because supply is back to normal,” said Robert Atcher, M.D., immediate past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM). “Things have returned to where they were, but that can be both good and bad news if we don’t maintain the savings measures from the last few years.”

According to SNM, the recent shortage affected roughly 84 percent of radiologists. You took steps to ensure you met patient needs within an acceptable time frame – at most, Atcher said, delaying tests by 24-to-48 hours.

To read the remainder of the story online: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/nuclear/content/article/113619/1855953

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