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From the Newsroom at ASRT: ASRT Board of Directors Provides Update on Gonadal and Fetal Shielding Position
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At its June meeting, the ASRT Board of Directors held extensive discussions about the emerging issue of ending the use of patient gonadal and fetal shielding during medical diagnostic x-ray procedures.

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The Joint Commission Deletes Fluoroscopy User Training Requirement
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Seriously, are we confused here? The Joint Commission has announced its decision to delete the fluoroscopy user training requirement from the requirements that went into effect January 1, 2019. They released this statement June 17, 2019.

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Welcome to Advanced Health Education Center
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Advanced Health Education Center is located in Houston, TX and has been a leading provider of continuing education for healthcare professionals in the imaging sciences since 1988. Our mission is to provide you the radiologic technologist, physician, sonographer, nurse, etc. with evidence-based education and training that will increase your knowledge, enhance your competency, and improve patient care.



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A NatGeo TV Drama is "Inspired' By A 1989 Ebola Crisis in the US. How Accurate is it?
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The Hot Zone, a six-part National Geographic miniseries that premiered recently, is based on a true story about Ebola. In 1989, a shipment of monkeys from the Philippines arrived at a private commercial lab in Reston, Va. The intention was to use the macaques for testing. Only many of them died.

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If Healthcare Learns to Share, Blockchain Could Transform Radiology
HealthImaging
Imagine a patient calls an ambulance for chest pain and, on the way to the hospital, EMTs send their entire health record and vitals to the emergency department. When the patient arrives, clinicians have already reviewed their information. Such a world could dramatically improve care.

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California Imaging Center Manager Sentenced to 5 Years for Kickback Scheme
Health Imaging
The officer manager of San Diego-based Advanced Radiology was sentenced to five years in prison for a scheme that paid referring physicians for patient referrals, the San Diego District Attorney's office announced June 17.

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Flu Shot Was 29% Effective This Season, CDC Says
Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control
The flu shot's overall effectiveness during the 2018-19 season was 29 percent, according to CDC data provided to Becker's. Health experts presented the flu season data June 27 at a meeting for the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

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Radiology Funny of the Month
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The accompanying photo shows two pieces of Fiestaware produced by Homer Laughlin Company of West Virginia: a Fiesta red saucer and an ivory bowl. In each case, uranium was used to provide the color of the glaze. Although the radioactivity of both is easily detectable, that of the Fiesta red is head and shoulders above the ivory.

It is usually said that Fiestaware came in five colors when it was introduced in 1936: red, blue, green, ivory and yellow. While this might be true, the oldest newspaper account that I could find, from June of that June, only identified four: “old ivory, Chinese red, blue or green. The earliest mention of yellow that I have found was in a newspaper advertisement from January 1937.

Apparently red was the first color that the company selected when designing the product, and blue was the second (these were the colors of the Fiestaware that Andy Warhol collected). Since the idea was to mix and match, the various colors had to be compatible.


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