NIOSH-Certified B Read Service Rates From $38 Per Study
NDI B readers are radiologists that are certified by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). National Diagnostic Imaging provides b-reading reports and interpretations online via teleradiology services. NDI provides B read x-ray interpretations for physicians, coal workers and asbestos medical surveillance programs.
Other NDI B read clients include insurance companies, attorneys, industry-sponsored medical screening organizations and medical organizations that are concerned with occupational respiratory diseases.
To find an NIOSH approved x-ray facility that is close to you, use this map.
Accurate And Timely B-Reader Services Are Performed By NDI Radiologists Certified By NIOSH
NDI B readers provide comprehensive and detailed interpretations of chest X-rays and chest CT scans for occupational health and litigation screenings.
Chest radiographs must be interpreted and classified in accordance with the Guidelines for the Use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses.
A chest radiograph (X-ray) must be of suitable quality for proper classification of pneumoconiosis and must conform to the standards for administration and interpretation of chest X-rays as described in Appendix A, here.
Lung imaging plays an essential role in evaluating lung diseases such as black lung disease.
In 2022, the easiest way to get a B read or b-reading interpretations in the United States is to call NDI at 1-800-950-5257 or email email@example.com.
NDI B Readers Are Competent In Radiographic Reading And Proficient In The Classification Of X-Rays Of Pneumoconiosis
NIOSH B readers at the National Diagnostic Imaging teleradiology service, examine x-rays of the lungs to find indications of pneumoconiosis, a lung disease known as “Black Lung Disease”.
A B reading on a chest x-ray looks for changes on the chest x-ray that may prove exposure and disease caused by particles such as asbestos and silica.
Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in certain kinds of dust particles that damage your lungs.
The B Reader examination was initially developed to identify physicians qualified to serve in national pneumoconiosis programs directed at coal miners and others who suffer from dust-related illness.
The B Reader Program aims to ensure competency in radiographic reading by evaluating the ability of readers to classify a test set of radiographs.
Rates For NIOSH-Certified B Reader Services From NDI Start At $38+ Per Study
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B Read X-rays Are Sophisticated Interpretations Of Chest X-Rays
The qualified “B” readers at NDI are radiologists that are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as demonstrating proficiency in classifying radiographs of the pneumoconiosis.
Physicians at NDI are qualified to serve in national pneumoconiosis programs directed at coal miners and others who suffer from dust-related illness. NDI physicians who read chest X-rays for work-related diseases like black lung are known as “B readers.”
Chest Radiography And Pneumoconiosis Chest X-Rays
Chest radiography is a principal tool in the diagnosis of pneumoconiosis.
Pneumoconioses are a broad group of lung diseases that result from inhalation of dust particles.
An x-ray may be helpful in the diagnosis of pneumoconiosis. Findings on an x-ray suggestive of/diagnostic of pneumoconiosis include:
- Pleural plaques are pathognomonic for asbestosis.
- Interstitial nodules in the upper zone of the lungs for both silicosis and coal worker’s pneumoconiosis.
- Progressive massive fibrosis is seen in both silicosis and coal worker’s pneumoconiosis.
- Hilar adenopathy with ground glass opacities is seen in berylliosis.
Pneumoconiosis, Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment.
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Clinical picture: Digging into coal workers pneumoconiosis
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NDI B readers are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for both federal and state compensation claims. B readers do not specifically have to be pulmonologists or radiologists, though they can be both.
US licensed physicians who achieve a score of 50% or more on the initial examination are certified as NIOSH B Readers. B Readers are certified for 4 years from the date of approval, after which passing the recertification examination is required to maintain the B Reader certification.
Certified B reader consultants, certified B reader radiologists, NIOSH-certified B readers and lung imaging radiologists work at National Diagnostic Imaging.
B Read x-rays are a sophisticated interpretation of a chest x-ray. NDI B readers identify exposure and illness caused by substances such as asbestos and silica. Strict guidelines for B read x-rays provide protocols for examining x-rays and recording changes/anomalies on chest x-rays that may be caused by fibers and dust inhalation.
For information on the B Reader Program and Certification Course, NIOSH B Reader Training and Examination, click here. For new development impacting the B Reader Program, click here. For information on the ACR Lung Cancer Screening Registry, click here.
For information on ethical considerations for B Readers, click here. Physicians interested in becoming NIOSH certified B readers or current B readers interested in updating their practice can get more information here.
Classifying And Detecting Occupational Lung Diseases
Chest radiographic imaging (chest x-ray) is a widely applied and important tool for assessing lung health in workers exposed to dusts capable of producing pneumoconiosis and other diseases. Chest radiographs are the most common film taken in medicine.
Pneumoconiosis includes asbestosis, silicosis and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP). CWP is sometimes called “Black Lung Disease“. Silicosis is a disease caused by inhaling respirable silica dust. Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. NDI offers consulting services and reviews of chest radiographs or CT scans for the presence of occupational lung disease.
National Diagnostic Imaging utilizes chest radiographs, teleradiology, digitally-acquired chest radiographs, x-rays, CT scans and digital imaging to classify, recognize and detect signs of occupational lung disease, interstitial lung disease, pneumoconiosis/occupational disease, illnesses relating to asbestos silica exposure, silicosis and asbestosis.
About the Black Lung Program
The Act provides compensation to coal miners who are totally disabled by pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment, and to survivors of coal miners whose deaths are attributable to the disease. The Act also provides eligible miners with medical coverage for the treatment of lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis.
The Black Lung Benefits Act provides monthly payments and medical benefits to coal miners totally disabled from pneumoconiosis (black lung disease) arising from their employment in or around the nation’s coal mines. The Act also provides monthly benefits to a miner’s dependent survivors.
About Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, you become progressively more short of breath.
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) may be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms of PF are similar to other lung diseases. There are many different types of PF.
Tests like chest X-rays and CT scans can help doctors look at lungs to see if there is any scarring.
- Many people with PF actually have normal chest X-rays in the early stages of the disease.
- A high-resolution computed tomography scan, or HRCT scan, is an X-ray that provides sharper and more detailed pictures than a standard chest X-ray and is an important component of diagnosing PF.
- Your doctor may also perform an echocardiogram (ECHO).
- This test uses sound waves to look at your heart function.
- Doctors use this test to detect pulmonary hypertension, a condition that can accompany PF, or abnormal heart function.
Pneumoconiosis: Pulmonary Fibrosis Caused by Occupational Exposures
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Expert Witnesses, Expert Medical Testimony And Litigation Support For Asbestosis, Silicosis And Other Occupational Dust And Fiber Exposures
Radiologists at NDI are Federal Government Certified B-Readers for asbestosis, silicosis and other occupational dust and fiber exposures. The radiologists at NDI assist lawyers and insurance companies with their B-reading related litigation needs including reading any CT scans for pneumoconiosis. They are experienced as expert witnesses and medicolegal consultants (both defense and plaintiff) and are prompt, reliable, and efficient, having consulted in dozens of cases.
Request B Reader Services, Fees And Rates
If you require the services of a NIOSH-certified B reader please complete the form below, call 216-514-1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quote. Rates are typically well below other service providers. We competitively price these studies per read and total pricing is based on the number of reads requested and other details involved in providing B Reader Services.
Accreditation Programs For Diagnostic Imaging Centers In The U.S.
ACR Accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. The ACR offers accreditation programs in CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine and PET as mandated under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) as well as for modalities mandated under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Accreditation application and evaluation are typically completed within 90 days.
The ACR has accredited more than 39,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. They offer accreditation programs in Mammography, CT, MRI, Breast MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Ultrasound, Breast Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) provides the structure and resources you need to develop and operate a high-quality breast center. Programs that are accredited by the NAPBC follow a model for organizing and managing a breast center to facilitate multidisciplinary, integrated, comprehensive breast cancer services.
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) is a nonprofit, nationally recognized accrediting organization. The IAC was founded by medical professionals to advance appropriate utilization, standardization and quality of diagnostic imaging and intervention-based procedures.
The IAC is a nonprofit organization in operation to evaluate and accredit facilities that provide diagnostic imaging and procedure-based modalities, thus improving the quality of patient care provided in private offices, clinics and hospitals where such services are performed.
With a 30-year history of offering medical accreditation to facilities within the U.S. and Canada, IAC is also now offering accreditation in international markets. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®.
The ACVR is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognized veterinary specialty organization™ for certification of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Equine Diagnostic Imaging.
If you are a radiology imaging service in the United States that is looking for a company that can provide daytime, nighttime, weekend and holiday coverage for your current and future case volume, contact National Diagnostic Imaging by phone at 216-514-1199 or by emailing email@example.com.
Imaging Facilities Accredited by the American College of Radiology
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