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A young child is being prepared for an imaging procedure when, suddenly, the technologist asks him to name his favorite color. Two minutes later, the examination room lights turn just that shade. A woman has an appointment for a routine mammogram at an outpatient-imaging center, but instead of sitting in a waiting room with oncology patients, she awaits her turn in a separate area reserved for other female patients undergoing the identical procedure. A group of administrators and physicians are deciding on the layout of a new imaging center—but they aren’t doing it alone: A patient advisor participates in the process.

These are just a few iterations of “patient-centered radiology.” Most radiologists have long put referring physicians at the center of their universe; only within...

Editorial
The diagnostic process receives well-deserved attention from the Institute of Medicine
Departments
Although there is no shortage of maxims, axioms and old adages supporting the wisdom to be found in failure, few organizations succeed in mining a flop for the value it confers.
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Recent legislation assures that it will be an enduring—as well as evolving—program
Features
Radiological and patient outcomes are under review as the specialty strives to define, demonstrate and measure its value in patient care
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Like so many elves—plumbers is the analogy used by Daniel L. Rubin, MD—at work, a few dozen radiologists took a terminology for coding procedures created by the ACR for teaching purposes and...
Features
New information technologies could change the process of communicating with patients and generating reports
Departments
Whether you are considering buying or selling a radiology practice (or an imaging center), business continues to be brisk.
Features
Over the course of his career, Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, has blazed trails from macroscopic to microscopic imaging and back in pursuit of better imaging methods for nanotherapeutics