Clinical Trials

The techniques and procedures we teach have been rigorously tested. Their benefit outcomes are well documented:

  • A 40% reduction in the claustrophobia non-completion rate in a large private practice MRI group translated into an annual savings of more than $120,000.

  • Patients having vascular and renal procedures, large core breast biopsies, or percutaneous tumor treatments had significantly less anxiety and pain.

  • In a large prospective randomized study, patients undergoing endovascular catheterization procedures needed only half as much sedatives and analgesics- with many patients requiring no medications at all.

  • Patients had more stable vital signs (fewer vasovagal reactions and blood pressure deviations) and fewer complications in large scale prospective randomized trials.

  • Room time in the catheterization suite was shortened by 17 minutes and in the breast biopsy suite by 7 minutes.

  • Interventional radiology saved an average of $338 per case due to shorter procedure times, fewer complications, and faster recovery.

  • Interpersonal and communication skills of radiology residents and fellows significantly improved.  

References

  1. Lang, Elvira V., Cayte Ward, and Eleanor Laser. 2010. Effect of team training on patients' ability to complete MRI examinations. Academic Radiology 17:18-23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19734060. Full article for free download: http://www.academicradiology.org/issues/contents?issue_key=S1076-6332(09)X0012-7
  2. Lang, Elvira V., Cayte Ward, and Eleanor Laser. 2010. Effect of team training on patients' ability to complete MRI examinations. Academic Radiology 17:18-23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19734060. Full article for free download: http://www.academicradiology.org/issues/contents?issue_key=S1076-6332(09)X0012-7
  3. Lang, Elvira V., Eric G. Benotsch, Lauri J. Fick, Susan Lutgendorf, Michael L. Berbaum, Kevin S. Berbaum, Henrietta Logan, and David Spiegel. 2000. Adjunctive non-pharmacologic analgesia for invasive medical procedures: A randomized trial. Lancet 355:1486-1490. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801169
  4. Lang, Elvira V., and Max P. Rosen. 2002. Cost analysis of adjunct hypnosis for sedation during outpatient interventional procedures. Radiology 222:375-382. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11818602
  5. Lang, Elvira V., Kevin S. Berbaum, Salomao Faintuch, Olga Hatsiopoulou, Noami Halsey, Xinyu Li, Michael L. Berbaum, Eleanor Laser, and Janet Baum. 2006. Adjunctive self-hypnotic relaxation for outpatient medical procedures: A prospective randomized trial with women undergoing large core breast biopsy. Pain 126:155-164. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2656356/?tool=pmcentrez
  6. Lang, Elvira V., Kevin S. Berbaum, Stephen Pauker, Salomao Faintuch, Gloria Maria Salazar, Susan K. Lutgendorf, Eleanor Laser, Henrietta Logan, and David Spiegel. 2008. Beneficial effects of hypnosis and adverse effects of empathic attention during percutaneous tumor treatment: When being nice does not suffice. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 19:897-905. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18503905
  7. Lang EV, Sood A, Anderson B, Kettenmann E, Armstrong E. Interpersonal and communication skills training for radiology residents using a Rotating Peer Supervision Model (Microteaching). Acad Radiol 2005; 12:901-908. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15953740

 

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