USPSTF foils CT colonography screening again
October 6, 2015 -- In a draft recommendation released today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) appears to have thrown CT colonography under the bus again, excluding the CT-based exam from its list of recommended colorectal cancer screening tests.
fMRI shows age influences recovery time from TBI
October 6, 2015 -- Many older patients recover more slowly from concussions than younger individuals, based on different brain activation patterns seen on functional MRI (fMRI) scans. The study results, published online October 6 in Radiology, suggest that mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have a more profound and lasting effect among older people.
3D ultrasound-based hip segmentation is fast, accurate
October 6, 2015 -- A new automated hip segmentation algorithm that uses 3D ultrasound data produced accurate segmentations of the acetabulum in infant hips, according to a study in the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. The technique could improve the diagnosis of infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip.
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.
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