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“All right Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up!”
Yes, the life of a radiology consultant is everything you think it would be… stretch limos, nightclub-hopping, ice-chests full of Dom Perignon scattered around the office, and late-night hot-tub parties with ‘the beautiful people.’ At least that’s the way it’s been since we’ve ‘gone Hollywood.’
OK, it’s not really Hollywood, it’s Houma, Louisiana (and the rest might also be slight exaggerations), but we still couldn’t be any prouder than we already are…
With timing strangely coincidental to the inauguration of The RADIANT, we were asked to review and consult on a brand new MRI safety video by Falck Alford Productions. The new video, which just became available on January 1st, is one of the most effective MRI safety videos we’ve ever seen… information-packed without being campy or heavy-handed (both frequent sins of MRI safety training videos).
We’ve been provided a special trailer to the new video, which we’d like to invite you to watch. If you think that it would be a helpful training tool for your Level I MRI safety training, please follow the contact link to the Falck Alford team to learn more about it.
To see the video and to access a link directly to the Falck Alford MRI safety video page, please click on the screen image, below.
Beyond our 15-seconds of fame (literally, our name is only in the credits), we have a bundle of other radiology articles for you this month. Please scroll down and click through to our featured articles on Radiology Department considerations, MRI, PET / nuclear medicine, and CT.
Thank you again for joining us here at The RADIANT!
“Paging Dr. Jones. Dr. Jones, ‘code 2011’.”
No, it’s not that kind of code…
As of January 1st, the Joint Commission (TJC) has updated its referenced building code from the 2001 edition of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (which, by the way, required that you design photo darkrooms for your radiology suites), to the 2010 edition of Guidelines. What this means is that all new design and construction for Joint Commission accredited facilities, including radiology and nuclear medicine suites, will have to comply with the new standards, or your state’s standard, if they use something different. Just how big of a change this is depends on which modality you’re talking about…
MRI safety has a lot to trumpet from the last ten years. There have been three MRI safety documents from the ACR (2001, and 2004 ‘White Papers on MR Safety’, and the 2007 sequel, renamed the ‘Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices’), a 2008 Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert on reducing MRI accidents and injuries, US Department of Veteran Affairs MRI Design Guide, and the 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. Measured in pounds of paper, we should immensely proud of our accomplishments in the ten years since an MRI accident which killed a six-year old boy was splashed across the press.
For PET imaging, Fludeoxyglucose (FDG) is far-and-away the most commonly used radiopharmaceutical, relying on fluourine-18 as the empowering isotope. Most often FDG is injected intravenously, but what if you wanted to do an inhalation (ventilation / perfusion) study? Well it turns out that there are some very effective radiopharms for doing this, and your existing PET scanner (with the right accessories) can handle these studies just fine. But if you’re using any gaseous or aerosolized isotopes, you need to have some specific provisions in the scanner room...
They banished smokers to the outdoor ‘butt huts’, that was before they banned smoking on hospital campuses altogether. Soda machines are disappearing in favor of fruit juice and bottled water machines. As paragons of health, hospitals have been making a concerted effort at improving the healthfulness of the hospital environment.
“BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!”
What’s that sound, you ask? That’s the truck delivering a few thousand pounds of toxic heavy metal that we’re going to build into the walls of your new CT suite…
One of the challenges our firm faced when we were identified as “MRI-Planning” was that sometimes we weren’t thought of as architects for all of radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. In fact, the technical, clinical and operational expertise that was the foundation of our reputation in MRI has all sorts of other applications that work to the benefit of our clients and partners.
In this issue’s project list we’re specifically showcasing a few projects that demonstrate the breadth of our experiences and expertise, the foundations of which all illustrate our core competencies in radiology / imaging / therapy spaces and how those skills can be applied more broadly than you might have thought...