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Survey finds CTA use has surged since 2001
July 26, 2016 -- Driven by dramatic growth in chest exams and the number of studies performed in the emergency department, utilization of CT angiography (CTA) exams in the Medicare population has skyrocketed over the past 13 years, according to new research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.
Initiative drives PACS use in point-of-care ultrasound
July 26, 2016 -- Want to increase the number of emergency department point-of-care ultrasound studies being archived on PACS at your institution? It may not take that much effort to get emergency room physicians on board, according to a study published in the Journal of Digital Imaging.
Can femoral ultrasound find role in CV risk assessment?
July 26, 2016 -- By spotting atherosclerotic plaques that aren't also present in the carotid artery, femoral ultrasound can predict the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease in many asymptomatic patients who would be overlooked if they only received carotid ultrasound, according to research from Italy published online in Angiology.
PET with tau agent sheds light on Alzheimer's disease
July 25, 2016 -- PET imaging of tau proteins with a novel radiotracer based on fluorine-18 is showing great promise in differentiating between Alzheimer's patients and cognitively normal individuals and identifying how the disease may develop, according to a study published online July 25 in JAMA Neurology.
Radiologists' expertise cuts inappropriate imaging
July 25, 2016 -- Radiologists who participate in a radiology benefits management program by consulting with referring physicians can help reduce inappropriate imaging by at least 20%, according to a new study published in the July edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Brain MRI shows lingering effects of concussion
July 22, 2016 -- MRI scans of college athletes who have a history of concussion show changes in brain size, blood flow, and structural white matter months and even years after injury, according to a study published online July 21 in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
EchoPixel prepares to ship VR tools on HP platform
July 21, 2016 -- Advanced visualization firm EchoPixel made a major step toward broader clinical acceptance of its True 3D Viewer advanced visualization tools this week. The company is getting ready to begin shipping a version of the holographic technology based on virtual reality (VR) displays and workstations from computer giant HP.
Does imaging after thyroid cancer treatment help?
July 21, 2016 -- Yes, surveillance imaging can identify the recurrence of thyroid cancer in patients who have received treatment. But that doesn't mean the scans will affect patient survival, according to a large retrospective study published online July 21 in BMJ.
AMGA: Median radiologist salary nears $500K
July 20, 2016 -- The median annual salary for diagnostic radiologists in the U.S. is $490,399 in 2016, just shy of the half-million mark, continuing a rebound in wage growth that began in 2014, according to a new survey on physician compensation by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
Breaking BI-RADS: Breast density measures vary widely
July 20, 2016 -- About half of U.S. states have laws that require women to be notified if they have dense breast tissue -- and counseled to discuss supplemental screening. But are BI-RADS breast density assessments consistent among radiologists? Not so much, according to a study published online July 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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