Hansen of Northwest Radiology Network Named Executive Committee Member of Strategic Radiology

Northwest Radiology Network President and CEO W. Kent Hansen M.D., Ph.D. is now the newest member of the Strategic Radiology executive committee.

Strategic Radiology is a coalition of quality-focused local, private radiology practices that have come together to improve quality, gain operational efficiencies through practice expense consolidation, and preserve radiology’s private practice model.

The physician officers, chief operating officer, and executive committee take a collaborative approach to leadership by crafting and implementing policy that is approved by our Board of Managers, composed of member shareholders from each core practice.

“There are great things we do at Strategic Radiology, including quality, data analytics, sharing best practices and ideas, and cost savings, which are all very important. I want to contribute to our vision for how we continue to support the core members and larger practices, but also be a flagship organization to mid-sized and smaller affiliate practices to provide the support for their growth and survival,” Dr. Hansen said.

Learn more about Strategic Radiology here.

Wilgus of Northwest Radiology Network Named President-Elect of Radiology Business Management Association and Winner of 2019 RMBA President’s Award

Northwest Radiology Network Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA, has been named president-elect of the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA).

The RMBA elected an all-volunteer group of board members and officers from among their peers.

Wilgus is the current chair of the RMBA Federal Affairs Committee and is the recipient of the 2019 RBMA President’s Award “for going above and beyond to promote an atmosphere that enhances networking and Progress Through Sharing.”

RBMA will be managed by an all-women executive council in 2019-2020. For more information about RBMA, visit www.rbma.org.

National Stroke Awareness and High Blood Pressure Awareness Month

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. A stroke can cause you to permanently lose speech, movement and memory.

Stroke statistics:

  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability.
  • Every 40 seconds on average, an American will have a stroke.
  • About 795,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke annually.
  • About 90% of stroke risk is due to modifiable risk factors — 74% is due to behavioral risk factors.

Prevent stroke by:

  • Identifying your personal risk.
  • Reducing your controllable risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Recognizing and responding to the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Use the letters in FAST to recognize the warning signs of a stroke:

  • Face drooping: Smile. Is your smile uneven or lopsided?
  • Arm weakness: Raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech difficulty: Repeat a simple sentence. Can you correctly repeat the words?
  • Time: Time to call 911. Time is important, so don’t delay!

How is a stroke diagnosed and evaluated?

  • CT of the head: A CT of the head can detect a stroke from a blood clot or bleeding within the brain.
  • MRI of the head: An MRI can detect brain tissue damaged by a stroke and highlight blood flow within the arteries and veins.
  • Carotid ultrasound: The ultrasound shows the inside of the carotid arteries in your neck, highlighting buildup of fatty deposits, or plaques, and blood flow in your arteries.

Make sure you act FAST!

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ACR/RBMA Webinar to Prepare You for Medicare AUC Mandate

Practice Managers: Mark your calendar and register now!

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) will co-host a webinar on Feb. 20 at 7pm ET to help prepare you for the coming Medicare appropriate use criteria (AUC) mandate. Register now!

Medicare has confirmed that providers must consult AUC prior to ordering advanced imaging for beneficiaries starting Jan. 1, 2020.

  • See how and why your practice should work with referring providers now to get ready to meet this mandate
  • Learn steps to implement AUC-based clinical decision support (CDS) in your practice
  • Gain insight on how such CDS systems may work on a daily basis
  • Get answers to your questions by taking part in a robust Q+A session

Register now for this free webinar!

X-rays in Infants and Young Children

Bronchiolitis

  • Viral infection common in young children and infants
  • Leading cause of hospitalization for children in the first year of life in the U.S.
  • Most cases are caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu or the common cold
  • Outbreaks peak during the winter season

According to a research letter from the Journal of the American Medical Association, X-rays were used in nearly half the children admitted to a U.S. emergency department for bronchiolitis between 2007-2015.

Excessive imaging leads to:

  • Higher healthcare costs
  • Radiation exposure
  • Antibiotic overuse

     

Northwest Radiology pledges to Image Gently, following guidelines to lower the amount of radiation used in medical imaging and eliminating unnecessary procedures.

Image Gently Alliance:

  • Provides safe, high-quality pediatric imaging
  • Raises awareness of the need to adjust radiation doses when imaging children

Questions to ask

Is this X-ray necessary?

How will it improve my child’s care?

Are there alternatives to the X-ray or scan?

Will you be using a lower dose of radiation?

Be your child’s advocate!

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Northwest Radiology Announces New Imaging Center at MedTech Park in Fishers

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Northwest Radiology Network is excited to announce it will be opening an outpatient imaging center later this year in the new Fishers MedTech Park complex alongside Urology of Indiana and Central Indiana Orthopedics. Urology of Indiana recently announced the groundbreaking for its upcoming Center of Excellence that is being developed and added to 14300 E. 138th St., Building A in Fishers.

Adjacent to Urology of Indiana within the Central Indiana Orthopedics building, Northwest Radiology Network will offer MRI and CT services with transparent flat rate prices for all patients.

“The MedTech Park campus will be a destination for medical services, not only for Fishers but for Central Indiana, and the addition of Urology of Indiana and Northwest Radiology perpetuates that vision,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Their mission to invest in cutting-edge technology while providing unmatched patient care is at the heart of what makes Fishers smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial.”

“Northwest Radiology Network is proud to be working alongside Urology of Indiana and Central Indiana Orthopedics as part of the new MedTech Park complex being developed by the City of Fishers, Mayor Scott Fadness and his team,” said Northwest Radiology Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus. “We are happy to offer a convenient, outpatient imaging center with affordable radiology services for the residents of Fishers and surrounding communities.”

Both Northwest Radiology and Urology of Indiana anticipate opening to patients in November 2019.

January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Winter sports are a great way to stay in shape, but can be dangerous.

Likeliness of falls and head injuries increases on snow and ice… and when someone is speeding down a hill.

Examples: skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hockey

Other causes: Scooters, jogging, cycling

Not only outdoor activities, but also indoor sports like basketball, wrestling, cheerleading

Different Types of TBI: Concussion, Contusion, Coup-Contrecoup

Diagnosing TBI:

  • Seek professional medical evaluation from a healthcare provider and to receive an order for CT or MRI as needed
  • Differences between CT Scan (commonly known as CAT scan) or MRI
    • CT uses series of x-ray images to create a detailed view of the brain
    • MRI uses radio waves and magnets to create a detailed view of the patient’s brain
  • Radiologist interprets scans and looks for bleeding, contusions, blood clots, swelling of brain tissue.

Where to go for CT and MRI:

Northwest Radiology offers CT and MRI scans among other imaging services at two outpatient centers located on N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis and Carmel. Once you get an order from a healthcare provider, call 317-XRAY-NOW (317-972-9669) or visit NorthwestRadiology.com to schedule.

Guaranteed flat rate pricing saves up to 73% (compared to average competitors)

 Tips to preventing TBI:

  • Purchase a helmet that fits properly over a hat or cap
  • Replace your helmet after a serious fall or impact
  • Know your limits and your surroundings
  • Supervise children

Northwest Radiology Network is pleased to announce seven of its doctors are included in Indianapolis Monthly as 2018 “Indy’s Top Doctors”

Congratulations to the following radiologists from Northwest Radiology who are included on the 2018 Indianapolis Monthly Top Doctors list:

Peter D. Arfken, MD
Peter D. Arfken, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Arfken’s interests include body imaging and nuclear/PET imaging. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a residency and fellowship in body imaging at Indiana University Medical Center.
Eric E. Beltz, MD
Eric E. Beltz, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Beltz’s expertise is head and neck radiology and neuroradiology. He received his doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and served as Chief Resident at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden. After completing his radiology residency, he completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Emory University.
Richard L. Hallett II, MD
Richard L. Hallett II, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Hallett’s special interests include cardiovascular imaging and cardiac CT angiography. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine-Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University Medical Center in California, where he continues to teach as Adjunct Assistant Professor Radiology.
Benjamin B. Kuzma, MD
Benjamin B. Kuzma, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Kuzma’s special interests include imaging of the brain, spine, head and neck. He performs vertebral augmentation, myelography and CT-guided biopsy. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in neuroradiology at The George Washington University Medical Center.
John A. Morton, MD
John A. Morton, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Morton’s specialties include nuclear medicine and PET imaging. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Indiana University Medical Center.
Frank J. Pistoia, MD
Frank J. Pistoia, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Pistoia’s special interests include imaging diagnosis and therapy of acute stroke as well as kyphoplasty. He is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and former President of the Indianapolis Stroke Coalition. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, completed a residency at Hartford Hospital and a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Lori J. Wells, MD
Lori J. Wells, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Wells’ special interests include breast imaging and intervention. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Indiana University Medical Center.

3D Mammography Insurance

Linda Wilgus, Executive Director and CFO of Northwest Radiology Network, explains the importance of 3D mammography and why all insurance companies should cover 3D mammograms. Northwest Radiology actively advocates for legislation to mandate insurance companies cover necessary exams. Demand the coverage you deserve.