Category Archives: Radiology

15 November 2016

Radiology Subspecialization Is Creating New Challenges

Advances in medical imaging technology in the past several decades have transformed the practice of radiology. The simple X-rays of the past have largely been replaced by digital images of astounding quality and 3D imaging. But being able to interpret the much more detailed information to make better diagnoses requires highly specialized diagnostic expertise, and the increasing subspecialization of the radiology field is creating new challenges.

Better Image Quality Requires a High Degree of Specialization

In a recent Radiology Life article on “The Radiologist’s Role in Improving Diagnoses,” Frank Seidelmann, DO, Sheridan’s chief medical officer for radiology services, said...

8 November 2016

Wilhelm Roentgen’s Legacy and the Future of Radiology

​November 8, 2016 marks the 121st anniversary of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen. Today Sheridan pays homage to Roentgen and the others whose discoveries have contributed to the evolution of radiology and expresses its appreciation to the hospitals, equipment manufacturers, radiologists, and radiology technologists and technicians who have developed and advanced the science and art of medical imaging. 

Key Milestones in Radiology

X-rays

The year after Roentgen’s discovery brought the first handheld fluoroscopic device (by Thomas Edison) and the first diagnostic radiograph in the U.S. Plain X-rays, most often used to determine the type and extent of...

20 October 2016

Postmastectomy Radiotherapy’s Value for Patients with Early-Stage, Node-Positive Breast Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) recently issued a joint clinical practice guideline update for physicians who are treating breast cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy. The update provides additional considerations to help physicians to determine which patients might benefit from postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) and focuses on the role of PMRT for contemporary patients with early-stage, node-positive breast cancer.

While PMRT is clearly indicated for patients with very high risk of local regional failure, its use is controversial for patients with earlier-stage breast cancer, especially when there...

19 October 2016

Sheridan’s 2016 Leadership Conference Recognizes Eight Outstanding Clinical Leaders

The annual three-day Sheridan Leadership Conference is Sheridan Leadership Academy’s flagship event. This year’s conference took place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Orlando, Florida and was attended by nearly 600 physician and allied health leaders. 

 

Strengthening the Core

President of Physician Services Robert Coward and CEO Chris Holden provided opening remarks and introduced this year’s conference theme, “Strengthening the Core,” which focused on the key attributes required to succeed as a Sheridan clinical leader. Throughout the conference, each service line held multiple breakout sessions to promote discussion and knowledge sharing of topics related to the...

15 August 2016

Six Physician Communication Strategies to Increase Patient Engagement and Improve Outcomes

Effective physician-patient communication that builds trust and a shared sense of responsibility for the patient’s care is an increasingly important skill for physicians. Doctors whose communication fosters patient engagement has been linked to a wide range of benefits, from increased patient satisfaction, trust and higher quality of care to better patient adherence to treatment and improved physical outcomes. Communication skills are especially important in a hospital setting, which patients often perceive as more impersonal than a visit to their primary care physician’s office.

The challenge is that while the need to involve patients in decisions about their own care continues to grow in importance, the...

9 August 2016

Technology Innovations That Will Transform the Future of Radiology

Advances in technology over the past two decades, from PACS systems to voice recognition software, have enabled significant improvements to efficiency and, in turn, patient care in the field of radiology. New technology promises to fundamentally change the practice of radiology, thanks in part to IBM’s recently formed Watson Health medical imaging collaborative. In a new article in Healthcare Tech Outlook, Dr. Glenn Kaplan, Sheridan Healthcare’s VP of Offsite Radiology Services, talks about how Sheridan and other members of this collaborative are working to leverage Watson’s sophisticated cognitive computing and cognitive imaging capabilities to help make radiologists better diagnosticians and...

14 July 2016

Jupiter Medical Center Radiologists Build Patient Trust to Improve the Mammography Experience

For many physicians, radiology is an impersonal specialty. Many radiologists read diagnostic imaging but never interact with patients. Orna Hadar, M.D., a mammography specialist at the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center at Sheridan partner hospital Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, and Lynda Frye., M.D., Jupiter’s Medical Director of Breast Imaging, take a very different approach. They know the screening process can be terrifying and that for many patients, “having their mammogram is a completely anonymous experience. We want to change that,” said Dr. Hadar. Both doctors find tremendous satisfaction in helping their patients through the experience. “It’s such a scary time for...

22 June 2016

IBM Selects Sheridan Healthcare for Global Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative

Sheridan is proud to announce that it has been selected by IBM as one of the foundational partners in the new Watson Health medical imaging collaborative, a global initiative comprising 16 leading health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies. The collaborative aims to bring cognitive imaging into daily medical practice to help doctors address breast, lung and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke. IBM Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability and is delivered through the cloud. Watson analyzes extremely large volumes of unstructured data, understands complex,...

9 June 2016

Should the VA Use APRNs to Supplement Radiologists?

On May 25, the Department of Veterans Affairs proposed to amend its “medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment.” The proposal comes amid a new push by the VA to maximize its available resources and improve access to timely healthcare services for the nation’s veterans without increasing costs. Public perception of the VA has diminished in recent years, as heightened media coverage of a 2014 scandal has highlighted a growing number of cases in which veterans are denied access to care.

This latest proposal would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to "Order, perform,...

22 April 2016

Spotlight on Sheridan’s Comprehensive Teleradiology Solutions

Sheridan’s recently released FRESH ES/CTS Newsletter for Q1 2016 features FAQs with Chief Glenn Kaplan, M.D. about our teleradiology solutions. FRESH ES stands for Final Reads Electronically from Sheridan Healthcare Eco-System. This technology platform allows radiologists to view cases from multiple hospitals across the country, including relevant prior studies, and render a preliminary or final interpretation. The latest version enables radiologists to stream images rather than downloading the full DICOM data set. Among its many benefits, FRESH ES integrates the workflow between hospital-based radiologists and referring physicians, greatly increases efficiency, and enables significantly improved diagnostic...