CMS proposes revisions to simplify MACRA
June 20, 2017 -- Changes could be imminent to the U.S. government's program for shifting healthcare practices toward value-based care and away from volume. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 20 announced a proposed rule that aims to simplify reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.
Why radiologists find it hard to face patients
June 20, 2017 -- Radiologists are being told they need to spend more time with patients, but is this a realistic expectation? A new survey published June 20 in Radiology found that while most radiologists would like more patient-facing time, the realities of their jobs -- such as reimbursement for their time -- get in the way.
Take care managing radiologists of different generations
June 20, 2017 -- From adapting to a PACS upgrade to managing salary and vacation requirements, radiologists of different generations should be handled in different ways. In a new column, Dr. Barry Julius, founder of the website RadsResident.com, offers advice based on his experiences with baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials.
Elastography can help evaluate carotid plaque
June 19, 2017 -- A shear-wave ultrasound elastography method can be used to evaluate the stability of carotid plaques, helping to identify those that are most vulnerable to rupturing and causing a stroke, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Holography beckons as alternative to 3D printing
June 16, 2017 -- For all its proven value, 3D printing is just one of many ways to look at 3D data -- and it's a rather rigid one at that. For clinicians, understanding a patient's medical condition may require more than a printed skull or aneurysm. In these cases, a holographic dataset can be helpful.
7 steps to better AI algorithms
June 16, 2017 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage right now, with most of the focus on using the technology for image analysis. But Dr. Eliot Siegel believes that AI has much more to offer, and he suggested several improvements at the recent International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) meeting.
SNMMI: Education eases patients' nuclear medicine fears
June 15, 2017 -- DENVER - By providing basic educational materials on nuclear medicine and the potential risks from radiation exposure, clinicians can make patients feel more comfortable about their upcoming scans, according to a presentation on Tuesday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting.
Breast MR hits benchmarks in community practice
June 15, 2017 -- Breast MRI has been shown to perform well as an adjunct to screening mammography in women at high risk for breast cancer. But its efficacy has mostly been evaluated based on trials at academic centers rather than community practices. So how does the modality perform in the real world?
#MyRadGirlfriend No. 39: Welcome to Philadelphia
June 15, 2017 -- As a Texas native, Priya thinks she's found something to wear as she and Andy start their pediatric radiology residency. But her choice of scrubs may not fly with the hospital's fiercely loyal patient base -- in Philadelphia.
SNMMI Image of the Year awarded to German researchers
June 14, 2017 -- DENVER - The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) on Wednesday awarded its Image of the Year to researchers who used PET/CT followed by fluorescence-guided surgery to demonstrate how dual-labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) inhibitors based on PSMA-11 enhance preoperative staging of metastatic prostate cancer.