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November 2014

National Rad Tech Week
Diffusion Tensor Imaging
ICD-10 Tip of the Month
New from NationalRad & More!

Happy National Rad Tech Week!

National Radiologic Technology Week 2014


National Radiologic Technology Week® is celebrated each year to recognize the vital work of radiologic technologists across the country. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) always holds the celebration the week that includes November 8, to commemorate Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen's discovery of the x-ray on November 8, 1895.

The weeklong celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. We celebrate and thank all of the radiologic technologists with whom we work for all you do. Have a terrific week!

Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) - Clinical Applications

Monique Mogensen, MD

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is an neuroimaging MRI technique that makes visualization of location, orientation, and anistropy of the brain’s white matter tracts possible. A publication on DTI by NationalRad neuroradiologist MONIQUE A. MOGENSEN, MD, along with colleagues from the Department of Radiology - Neuroradiology Division at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA, appeared recently in the July-August 2014 publication of World Neurosurgery.

Entitled CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF DIFFUSION TENSOR IMAGING, the abstract states: “Advancements in diffusion-weighted imaging during the past decade have led to the use of diffusion tensor imaging to further characterize the structural integrity of neural tissue and to noninvasively trace neuronal tracts in the brain and spine. This has led to many clinical applications that have aided in surgical planning for brain and spinal cord tumors and has increased the diagnostic potential of magnetic resonance imaging in disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, and traumatic brain injury.”

DTI studies are primarily hospital based and used as a research tool at this time. An article that appeared in the American Journal of Neuroradiology by Rutgers et al. entitled WHITE MATTER ABNORMALITIES IN MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: A DIFFUSION TENSOR IMAGING STUDY demonstrates the clinical use of DTI for TBI and offers DTI study images.

If you are interested in learning more about clinical applications of DTI, please CLICK HERE for Dr. Mogensen's publication, or contact us at INFO@NATIONALRAD.COM.

ICD-10 Tip of the Month: AMA CodeManager® Online Resources

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced the arrival of its 2015 code books. In addition to its code books, the AMA offers CODEMANAGER ONLINE, which delivers new coding updates every month, AMA-exclusive content and access to thousands of codes at the click of a finger. These can be valuable tools with the impending ICD-10 updates. The AMA Coding Online also offers Clinical Examples in Radiology Online, as well as a free trial of their CodeManager Online Elite version. Visit the AMA'S WEBSITE for more information.

Dr. Burk to Train Duke and Ohio State University MRI Techs on Comfort Talk®

Larry Burk, MD

NationalRad musculoskeletal radiologist LARRY BURK, MD will be a COMFORT TALK® trainer in a Hypnalgesics project that will train all of the MRI techs at Duke University and Ohio State University in non-pharmacological methods of dealing with anxious and claustrophobic patients in 2015. This program is funded by a $1 million NIH-SBIR grant awarded to interventional radiologist Elvira Lang, MD. The grant will also fund the development of a virtual reality-training platform.

If you are interested in learning more about non-pharmacological methods of dealing with anxious and claustrophobic patients, please email us at INFO@NATIONALRAD.COM.

New from NationalRad: Dr. Sherman Accepted for ACR Fellowship

Paul Sherman, MD

We are pleased to announce that NationalRad neuroradiologist PAUL M. SHERMAN, MD, was accepted for Fellowship in the American College of Radiology (FACR) on September 26, 2014. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist. ACR fellows must demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching, and / or research.

Dr. Sherman's convocation will be in May 2018.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sherman on this honor and thanking him for his dedication to the field of radiology.

New from NationalRad: Upcoming Lectures
Connect with Your Radiologists at an Upcoming Meeting!


+ Case-based Review of Magnetic Resonance (An Interactive Session): Upper Extremity - TIMOTHY G. SANDERS, MD

+ Case-based Review of Musculoskeletal Radiology (An Interactive Session): Ankle and Foot - WILLIAM B. MORRISON, MD

To learn more about these topics, please contact us at INFO@NATIONALRAD.COM.

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