Signed letters improve mammography screening compliance
September 2, 2014 -- Canadian researchers found that the simple intervention of sending women a signed letter from their family physician boosted screening mammography return rates, according to a September 2 press conference held in advance of the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
Study finds CT lung cancer screening highly cost-effective
September 2, 2014 -- CT lung cancer screening is cost-effective in the Medicare-aged population, concludes a new study published in American Health and Drug Benefits that was tailored specifically to older individuals undergoing lung cancer screening with CT. Proponents of the exam hope it will add impetus to efforts to win Medicare reimbursement.
CAC best predicts heart disease in kidney patients
September 2, 2014 -- Coronary artery calcium (CAC) as calculated from CT scans was by far the best predictor of cardiovascular disease in individuals with chronic kidney disease, just as it is in the population at large, concludes a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Tomosynthesis can replace CT for many chest exams
September 2, 2014 -- A new study by Swedish radiologists performed under real-world conditions indicates that digital chest tomosynthesis can replace CT for a number of lung exams, saving both money and radiation dose. The research confirms previous studies on the role tomo can play in carving out a middle ground between CT and conventional chest radiography.
Ultralow-dose SPECT provides top image quality, less radiation
August 29, 2014 -- With an eye toward lowering radiation exposure, a group of researchers found that an ultralow-dose high-efficiency SPECT scan for myocardial perfusion imaging can achieve better image quality than standard low-dose SPECT, according to a study published in the September Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Is more radiology code bundling in store for 2015?
August 29, 2014 -- Is more code bundling in store for radiology in 2015? It just might be as the American Medical Association seeks to correct healthcare services that it perceives to be "misvalued," according to the first in a series of new articles by Panacea Healthcare Solutions.
ACR cries foul as DNA test beats CTC to Medicare approval
August 28, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is crying foul after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved a stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening -- as reimbursement for CT colonography (CTC) continues to languish.
Exercise equipment in reading room gets radiologists moving
August 28, 2014 -- Ever feel like you're on a treadmill? Some radiologists at the University of Washington get that feeling every day, especially after exercise equipment was installed in their reading room. It's all in the name of keeping radiologists healthy by improving their physical activity, according to an article in the September American Journal of Roentgenology.
Ultrasound elastography accurately predicts fibrosis
August 28, 2014 -- Real-time shear-wave elastography isn't just effective for assessing fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C. It also performs well in a broader patient population with diffuse liver disease, according to research published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Sonivate points finger toward future of ultrasound
August 27, 2014 -- Ultrasound needs a little more of a human touch. That's the concept behind SonicEye, a fingertip-worn ultrasound probe developed by Oregon-based start-up Sonivate Medical. The company is moving SonicEye to market with significant backing from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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