PA Oblique Projection (digits 2-5)

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Evaluation Criteria

The following should be clearly shown:

▪Evidence of proper collimation

▪Entire digit rotated at a 45-degree angle, including the distal portion of the adjoining metacarpal

▪No superimposition of the adjacent digits over the proximal phalanx or MCP joint

▪Open IP and MCP joint spaces

▪Soft tissue and bony trabeculation

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    June 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    RBMA names new board members, officers
    The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) has announced its 2012-2013 board members and officers, who donate their expertise and guidance in leading RBMA into the future.

    Bob Still succeeds Michael Bohl, RT, MHA, as president. Still, a member of the Health Imaging editorial advisory board, has been the practice manager for Lancaster Radiology Associates in Lancaster, Pa., for 18 years. He has served on the RBMA board as president-elect and previously in other capacities.

    Bohl’s service on the board continues as immediate past-president. He is the practice manager for Radiology Group in Davenport, Iowa. His 29 years in radiology include 15 years as a technologist and the remainder in management and administration. In prior years, he has served RBMA as secretary, president-elect and midwestern director.

    Wendy Lomers, CPA, MBA, will serve as president-elect and director-at-large. Lomers has served on the RBMA board as treasurer and as a regional director, as well as on numerous committees, including the finance and membership committees. She has served several terms as president of the Texas RBMA.

    Mary Hondl, BA, will serve as secretary. She has worked with Regional Diagnostic Radiology in St. Cloud, Minn., for 10 years and been an RBMA member for nearly a decade, serving on the board as midwestern director and on various committees.

    Worth M. Saunders, MHA, is treasurer and eastern director. He is CEO of Greensboro Radiology in Greensboro, N.C. He has previously served on the RBMA board and as chair of the RBMA payor relations committee.

    Keith E. Chew, CMPE, is parliamentarian and director-at-large. He is a senior consultant within the practice consulting solutions division of McKesson Provider Technologies, specializing in medical practice operations, new venture development and contracting sub-specialties in the realm of radiology and imaging services.

    Mark O. Bernardy, MD, remains on the board as American College of Radiology (ACR) director. He has been involved in ACR economic activities for many years, and currently serves on the coding and nomenclature committee and chairs the managed care committee. He is a past president of the Georgia Radiological Society, serves on its board and is treasurer of GRADPAC, its statewide PAC.

    Bill Wilson, of Bloomington Radiology, Normal, Ill., will serve as midwestern director. He has been an RBMA member since 1982.

    Debra Platt, BS, RT, of Great Basin Imaging in Carson City, Nev., is western director. She has worked in radiology management for the past 30 years in both hospital facilities and outpatient freestanding imaging centers.

    Suzanne Taylor, BS, is southern director. A member since 1986, she has previously served on the board and is currently active on the federal affairs and payor relations committees.

    Kimberly Longeteig, Fred Downs, PhD, Steve Schreiber, MS, Thomas W. Greeson, JD, and James Hamilton, MBA, will serve as directors-at-large.

    Longeteig, principal of Ali`i Marketing & Design, has more than 15 years of professional marketing, advertising and graphic design experience, with specialty focus in radiology, medical billing, healthcare IT and healthcare-related businesses.

    Downs manages Diagnostic Imaging Systems, a private practice, in Atlanta.

    Schreiber is practice manager for Via Radiology in Seattle.

    Greeson is partner at ReedSmith in Falls Church, Va.

    Hamilton is the business manager of Medical Imaging Physicians in Dayton, Ohio.

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    June 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    AHRA, Toshiba offer education, patient care grants
    AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management has announced the fifth year of its Putting Patients First Program, which is designed to help hospitals and imaging centers build new or expand upon existing education and patient care initiatives.

    Putting Patients First grants provide healthcare facilities with the resources to improve imaging quality and safety for patients and are funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems.

    The AHRA & Toshiba Putting Patients First Program provides six grants of up to $7,500 each to hospitals and imaging centers and an additional grant of up to $20,000 to an integrated delivery network (IDN) to fund programs, trainings or seminars aimed at improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, ultrasound, x-ray and vascular imaging. Three of the $7,500 grants are awarded for projects that improve pediatric imaging, while the other three are awarded for projects that improve overall patient care and safety in imaging. The grant of up to $20,000 is awarded to an IDN or hospital system for projects that improve overall patient care and safety in imaging across the IDN/hospital system. All winning facilities will then develop and share their best practices.

    “The Putting Patients First grants provide healthcare facilities with resources that otherwise might not be available,” Luann Culbreth, president, AHRA, said in a release. “These grants allow hospitals and health systems to implement patient safety or educational programs to enhance the care they provide to their patients and communities.”

    Putting Patients First applicants are judged on their program plan and ability to share best practices. The applicants’ programs should address one or more of the following:

    •Reducing radiation and/or contrast dose;
    •Reducing the need for sedation;
    •Improving communication with patients regarding the process;
    •Improving patient comfort; or
    •Improving the overall clinical pathway
    The deadline to apply is October 15.

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