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What Would You Do? Stop Shielding Your Patients?
Recently, a radiologic technologist working in a hospital in Aurora, Colo. reported the adoption of a new NO shielding policy for patients including NICU babies and pregnant women. This has set off a firestorm of controversy via our community regarding the efficacy of patient shielding.

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Private Tutorial Experience

Gloria from South Texas College in McAllen, Texas attended a private tutorial session with Advanced Health Education Center's faculty to review Carotid Ultrasound on day one and Venous Ultrasound on day two. Gloria is registered in Vascular Ultrasound but hasn't worked in a clinical setting in a few years. She thought our private tutorials were the perfect opportunity to brush up on her skills. Her program currently offers general ultrasound but they are adding a vascular semester in the near future.

AHEC Makes House Call In Manhattan
AHEC faculty, Dawn McNeil, MEd, ARDMS made a house call in Manhattan in November at New York Presbyterian Hospital to deliver customized ultrasound training for a group of eight sonographers Actually, two different training goals were achieved for the group. One for breast ultrasound and a different training class for vascular.

AHEC/Medrelief Staffing Add Physicists To Research Program At The Integrated Research Facility (IRF)
AHEC/MEDRelief Staffing is the subcontractor for the imaging research team at the IRF in Fort Detrick, MD. Currently there are 7 imaging professionals on the team supporting the research group from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) that is a part of the National Health Institute (NIH). The facility is operated by the Battelle Institute under contract to NIAID. The imaging team has specialists in CT, MRI, PET, and Nuclear Medicine. There are 4 PhD physicists and 3 RT radiographers. The research is centered toward identifying and tracking viral agents and their biological responses. AHEC/MEDRelief has been a subcontractor on this research team since 2007. The research facility is a state of the art, high security BSL3 and BSL4 high containment facility. Much of the research in 2017 was on the Ebola virus. We welcome our new staff members and look forward to a great 2018.

Industry News

Genetic Damage From Radiation Highlights Need To Protect Physicians In Cath Lab
Cardiovascular Business
A pair of studies published in October added to the growing literature on the harmful effects of radiation exposure to interventional cardiologists in the cath lab.

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Indiana 'Night Nurse' Whose Tweet About White Women Sparked Investigation 'No Longer' With Hospital
Fox News
A nurse at one of the largest hospital systems in the nation who sparked an internal investigation after posting a controversial tweet reportedly "is no longer an employee" at Indiana University Health.

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Concerns Grow For Anthem MRI/CT Payment Policy
American College of Radiology
Anthem's recent policy change, which applies a new level of pre-authorization to diagnostic imaging performed in hospital outpatient settings, is drawing more attention from health care observers and the medical community.

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Guidance: New Format For The PGHS
Due to changes in the Food and Drug Administration web site, the MQSA Program has been asked to re-format the Program's widely-used Policy Guidance Help System. Since its inception in the 1990's, the PGHS has been the repository of all guidance issued by the Division of Mammography Quality Standards, consolidated in one place for easy reference by the entire mammography community and consumers.

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Radiology Fact of the Month

Some products you own and use regularly might contain radioactivity or emit radiation. They are an example of the many ways radiation use benefits our modern society. When they are used according to their instructions for use, you are not exposed to radiation.

Products in your home that contain radioactivity, but are not hazardous to anyone's health, include smoke detectors, some foods, and fertilizers. Other items that contain radiation but are no longer manufactured—and are of interest to collectors and those who acquire antiques—are watches and clocks; glassware (canary or Vaseline glass), tile, and ceramics; gas lantern mantles; and camera lenses. Some old watches and clocks have dials that were painted with a radiation-emitting compound to make them visible in the dark. Old glassware, tile, and ceramics that contain radioactivity generally have enhanced naturally occurring radionuclides (such as uranium, thorium, or potassium) incorporated right into the glass or into the glaze. Old camera lenses also might contain some thorium, which was believed to create a better image on the film.

It is important not to assume that all types of a certain item contain radioactivity or emit radiation; for example, some smoke detectors and old watches contain radioactivity, but not all do. And these radioactivity-containing items don't pose a radiation hazard to you unless you were to eat them — and eat a lot of them!


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