Dig deep with data analytics to improve imaging quality
October 5, 2015 -- Sure, your radiology department tracks statistics such as report turnaround time and imaging volume. But is that enough? Not if you want to flourish in a future that emphasizes value over volume, according to a presentation at the recent New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium in New York City.
CT lung cancer screening doesn't boost surgical rate
October 5, 2015 -- A CT lung cancer screening program that included cardiothoracic surgeons and standardized reporting demonstrated a low rate of surgeries for patients without lung cancer, according to a paper from Massachusetts researchers published in the October Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
SNMMI rejects plan to dissolve ABNM
October 2, 2015 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's (SNMMI) board of directors has unanimously rejected a proposal to dissolve the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and fold its functions and training programs into the American Board of Radiology.
Big data needs human touch to work in healthcare
October 2, 2015 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Big data is widely thought to be the future of healthcare. But despite the awesome potential of computer intelligence, data analytics will fall short in medicine if it's not guided by human oversight and interpretation, according to a panel discussion at this week's Minds + Machines event hosted by GE Healthcare.
Perma-Fix advances Tc-99m production technology
October 2, 2015 -- Concern over the future supply of medical isotopes in the wake of recent worldwide shortages and aging nuclear reactors has spawned a kind of cottage industry among entrepreneurs. One such firm is Perma-Fix Medical, which is developing a method for producing technetium-99m (Tc-99m) that does not require uranium.
Breast density law leads to higher ultrasound costs in NJ
October 1, 2015 -- The number and cost of breast ultrasound exams more than doubled in New Jersey after the state enacted a breast density notification law in 2014, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Ob/gyn doc in Congress urges rads to get involved
October 1, 2015 -- Are you worried that legislators and policymakers are too busy to hear about problems facing radiology practices? Don't get worried, get involved, said congressman and physician Dr. Michael Burgess at this week's Radiology Business Management Association Fall Educational Conference.
Patient consultations boost pediatric US experience
September 30, 2015 -- Do patients really want to get imaging findings directly from radiologists? When it comes to the parents of children receiving ultrasound studies, they almost always do, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Novel breast MRI technique could reduce biopsy rate
September 30, 2015 -- A shorter noncontrast-enhanced breast MRI protocol might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by gathering additional information about suspicious lesions found on screening mammography while cutting scanning times, according to a new study published online September 29 in Radiology.
ACP: Routine CT for suspected PE is unnecessary
September 29, 2015 -- CT should not be used routinely to evaluate patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE); instead, they should be evaluated using clinical guidelines, according to a September 29 paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Using CT too soon results in unnecessary harm and expense, concludes the American College of Physicians (ACP) report.