Coronary CTA beats stress test for changing lifestyles
October 17, 2016 -- Individuals who underwent a coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exam were more motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle than those who received an exercise echocardiography stress test, according to new research from the University of California, Los Angeles.
CMS releases final rule on MACRA
October 14, 2016 -- Healthcare providers in the U.S. are finally getting a definitive road map on how to implement provisions on value-based care in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule.
CDC: Breast cancer death rate declines, but not equally
October 14, 2016 -- Fewer women in the U.S. are dying from breast cancer, but there is a disparity in death rates between black and white women, according to a report released October 14 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report credits better education about breast screening and treatment among the reasons for the decline.
PET/MRI detects distant metastasis of breast cancer
October 14, 2016 -- Breast cancer patients often face the additional risk of distant metastases, and the best way to find the presence of those abnormalities in the liver and bone is with PET/MRI, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
Breast cancer care in Afghanistan presents challenges
October 14, 2016 -- Offering breast cancer care in a war zone requires a particular creativity, especially when resources -- including basic imaging -- are limited. In a research letter published online October 2 in the Breast Journal, surgeons at a military hospital near Kabul, Afghanistan, described their experience providing Afghan women with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The Healthy Radiologist: Am I burned-out?
October 13, 2016 -- Are you feeling tired and cynical, as if your job is sucking the life out of you? If you answered yes, you're not alone! Radiologist and health and wellness coach Dr. Stacey Funt describes rising burnout among radiologists, how to differentiate burnout from job-related stress, and what to do if you're feeling burned-out.
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 8: Metastatic workup stat
October 13, 2016 -- Have you ever received an order for an imaging study that didn't make sense? Andy learns about this the hard way in the next installment of #MyRadGirlfriend.
Center refines 3D printing to build 'replacement parts'
October 13, 2016 -- The good news is that humans are living longer. The bad news is that our bodies are wearing out as we age, creating the need for replacement parts that are customized to individual patients. A center in Arizona is doing just that, developing 3D printing techniques to keep people healthy and active into their old age.
NEJM: Treatment, not screening, cuts breast cancer deaths
October 12, 2016 -- In yet another salvo in the ongoing battle over screening mammography, research published in the October 13 New England Journal of Medicine claims that the reduction in breast cancer mortality after the advent of screening mammography is primarily a result of improved systemic therapy, not earlier detection.
Kopans: New NEJM paper offers rehash on 'overdiagnosis'
October 12, 2016 -- In this Second Opinion article, Dr. Daniel Kopans of Massachusetts General Hospital comments on a paper on breast screening by Welch et al published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Welch paper is based on false assumptions and makes the same mistakes as a 2012 paper on the same topic, according to Kopans.