Dr. James H. Thrall, Department of Radiology chairman emeritus, discusses The Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation, a unique research effort dedicated to reducing radiation dose for every exam Mass General Imaging performs.
As CT (computed tomography) technology has transformed the practice of medicine, Mass General Imaging has dedicated itself to making sure each exam exposes the patient to the lowest achievable amount of radiation. Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, discusses our decade-long commitment—and our success—regarding this issue.
One effective way to reduce radiation exposure is to avoid unnecessary exams. That's why Mass General Imaging has been a leader in developing software tools that guide referring physicians by not only making sure the selected exam matches the patient's needs but also suggesting radiation-free alternatives when appropriate.
Each radiologist at Mass General Imaging is a specialist in a particular area of the body. Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, explains how patients benefit from the additional specialty training our physicians have completed.
Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, explains how the ability to see deep inside the body has driven the development of minimally invasive methods of treatment—a trend in which Mass General Imaging has played a key role.
Education is central to the mission of the Department of Radiology. Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, explains that the organization takes its commitment to training future radiologists very seriously, and values the contributions residents and fellows make during their time at Mass General.
MGH Hotline 4.10.09 MGH Radiologist-in-Chief James Thrall, MD, is one of three individuals to be appointed a new member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).
MGH Hotline 09.18.09 Launching a new “image,” the MGH Department of Radiology now will be known as Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging.
In this radio segment produced by Boston's public-radio station WBUR, a panel including Mass General Imaging radiologist-in-chief Dr. James H. Thrall discusses so-called "overuse" of imaging technology.
Article highlights Mass General Imaging's efforts to reduce unnecessary scans using decision-support software that provides intelligent feedback to the doctors ordering exams.
New clinical decision support tools help doctors decide whether or not a CT scan is necessary based on medical evidence.
Steps local hospitals are taking to keep patients safe.
The FDA puts its regulatory muscle behind a growing movement to make life-saving medical radiation—both diagnostic and therapeutic—safer.
The radiation risk from full-body scanners used to improve airport security is low and unlikely to raise an individual's risk of cancer, according to experts including Mass General's Dr. James Thrall.
In many cases, the benefits of these tests—in finding cancers, aneurysms or blood clots—far outweigh the relatively low risks of radiation.
As many as two-thirds of adults underwent a medical test in the last few years that exposed them to radiation and in some cases, a potentially higher risk of cancer, a study in five areas of the US suggests.
All MRIs are not created equal: Look for expertise among those administering the exams and among the radiologists reading them.
Amid dire reports of melting fuel rods and sickened workers at Japan’s beleaguered Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor, the public health risk from radiation exposure remains very low in that country—or abroad, according to experts including Mass General Radiologist-in-Chief James H. Thrall, MD.
Mass General Imaging Radiologist-in-Chief James H. Thrall, MD, discusses real and imagined threats from the Japan nuclear crisis.
Two Mass General experts talk about what patients need to know when their doctor suggests a CT scan.
Using cadavers, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are testing and customizing CT protocols to dramatically cut the dosage needed for live patients by as much as half the reference levels nationally.
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), two-thirds of the global population lacks access to diagnostic imaging care. At the MGH, a team of Imaging staff is working to address this need through a new initiative: MGH Imaging Global Health Programs.
Continuing Mass General Imaging's leadership role in reducing CT radiation, radiologists from Mass General have co-authored a journal article summarizing methods for dose optimization in head CT scans.
It's imperative that radiologists proactively find ways to keep radiation dose to a minimum, and healthcare IT can help, according to Dr. James H. Thrall, who spoke on the topic this week at the New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.
Mass General Radiologist-in-Chief James H. Thrall is among 65 new members honored with election to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.
MGH and Harvard Medical School faculty gathered May 19 at the medical school to celebrate the newly established Thrall Family Professorship in Radiology, named in honor of Jim Thrall, MD, and its first incumbent, Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Center for Systems Biology.
First-of-its-kind Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation devoted to achieving the lowest radiation dose for every patient. Availability of CT exam protocols gives radiology practitioners worldwide access to more than a decade’s worth of clinical expertise on reducing radiation exposure